Description: The History of Art Department has provided information for students participating in the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). Students participating on other study abroad programs should contact the department directly for more information.
Study Abroad Questionnaire:
- Is there a specific time frame in which students are required to declare a major in your department? If yes, when?
No, the only requirement is that students have received a letter grade in two art history courses taken at Berkeley to declare the major.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
Students must meet with a faculty major adviser, well before departure, in order to obtain a signature on the Education Abroad Program academic planning form.
- Should students make an appointment to have their academic planning form signed in your department? If so, do they need to bring a transcript or any other supplemental materials with them to their appointment?
Students must make an appointment with a faculty adviser during their scheduled advising hours. If the student is declared they may pick up their files prior to their appointment (which will likely include their current transcript).
- What is the maximum amount of major credit given for courses taken during UCEAP? Is this maximum calculated by number of courses or by units of credit?
The maximum number of courses from abroad that can be given credit to the major is seven, no more than three of which can be upper division. However, no credit for the History of Art major is guaranteed prior to a student's departure. Before going abroad, students must propose overseas courses (based on available course descriptions, etc.) to a faculty adviser who will assess the compatibility of each course with the major program. Upon return to campus, students must petition for transfer of credit to the major. Petitions should be based upon a transcript or grade report, course syllabus, reading list, assignment sheets, exams, papers, and any other coursework brought back by students. A faculty adviser will evaluate the course, based upon these materials, for its content and rigor and will determine whether or not the course is commensurate with those taught in the department. Students are advised before departing that they should return with these materials as evidence of coursework completed; if a given course does not appear to have sufficient work to be commensurate with courses in the department, students are encouraged to prepare an additional research paper (which may be in English) while abroad, in consultation with the overseas instructor. Please see a faculty major adviser for details. While petitions for the transfer of credit for lower division major requirements are granted in most cases, petitions to transfer upper division credit must meet higher standards and are not always granted.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
There are no restrictions and students may complete an honors thesis so long as they are able to find a faculty member who is willing to supervise their work (this should usually be arranged prior to studying abroad, and generally the student will have worked with this faculty member prior to having them supervise an honors thesis).
- Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?
- Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?
- If you represent a department which teaches foreign language, does your department award major credit for the courses taken during the Intensive Language Program (ILP) portion of the UCEAP program?
- Does your department distribute a special information sheet for your majors which includes advice on how to articulate participation with UCEAP with the major?
- Does your department place Academic holds on declared majors prior to each registration period? If yes, what is your departmental policy on releasing advising holds for students currently abroad on UCEAP (e.g. is advising possible via email, skype, etc.)?
The Undergraduate adviser will release academic holds providing that students first reference the online schedule and indicate in an email to the adviser which courses they propose to take in the upcoming semester. Pending approval, the adviser will then release the hold (or suggest alternative courses).
Scheduling for Return Semester: With regards to proposed schedules for their returning semester, we expect EAP students to contact us from abroad in a timely fashion, via email. Students should include in their proposed schedules a brief description of what they are currently doing, so that the faculty adviser can get a sense of whether or not courses may be approved for major credit upon a student's return. They can advise the student accordingly for the returning semester and then release the academic hold. As the proposed schedule is often pending transfer credit approval for courses students are currently enrolled in abroad, it is a good idea to have alternate course proposals for the returning semester. EAP courses may not yield expected major credit and there are often changes in our department schedule.
Departmental Honors Students: Students wishing to pursue an honors thesis are allowed to do their H195 thesis-writing course upon return from abroad. However, the assumption is that potential honors students have already done at least one semester of seminar or independent study with a faculty member before starting their thesis with that faculty honors adviser. This semester does not need to immediately precede the thesis-writing semester, but it usually does, for better continuity in the research and writing process.