The History 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.
Department Handouts: Study Abroad for History Majors (PDF)
Study Abroad Questionnaire
- Is there a specific time frame in which students are required to declare a major in your department? If yes, when?
Students must finish their prerequisites, or two lower division courses and one upper division course. Otherwise, any time.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
Undergraduate (staff) adviser.
- 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?
It is very useful to bring in course descriptions and correct unit values for potential courses. Please come to regular advising drop-in hours in 3327 Dwinelle 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. M-F.
- 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?
Students may take up to four of their eight total upper-division lecture courses abroad. Each course must carry at least 3 semester or 4 quarter units.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
Yes, but it is wise to take History 103 in advance, and/or forge a contact with a history professor in your field, and try to stay in touch. It's important to come to the thesis semester as prepared as possible.
- 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?
Yes, please see the History Major Handbook.
- 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.)?
Email is fine. We may not be placing holds on more than potentially graduating students for the foreseeable future.
The History Department strongly encourages its students to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad. Independent study courses (numbered 199) and/or 101 preparation are also possible while abroad. Please note that upper division courses for the History Major must be fairly narrow in scope and focus, similar to upper division courses offered in our department.
If a history course abroad does not seem as rigorous as one at Berkeley, or it is lacking explanation on the syllabus, or if you have any concerns at all, you are encouraged to contact the Advisor by email.
If your syllabus for a history class does not include particular reading assignments (i.e., if it has a long list of "suggested reading"), students should keep a reading diary of their actual reading experience, with titles and page numbers.