The Media Studies 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?
Students are eligible to declare the Media Studies major once they have completed Media Studies 10 (or its equivalent) and at least two of the remaining three prerequisites (with the fourth and final prerequisite underway). Ideally, students should declare during the second semester of their sophomore year or during the first semester of their junior year. Students who declare having completed fewer than 70 units (and who have earned a relevant GPA of 3.2 or higher) may submit a standard application. Students who have completed more than 70 units (and/or who have earned a relevant GPA below 3.2) must submit an appeal application.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
The UCEAP academic planning form must be signed by a faculty adviser. Either Jean Retzinger or Josh Jackson are available to review and sign UCEAP planning forms.
- 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?
Yes, students should plan to meet with a faculty adviser during his or her advising or office hours. These hours are posted each semester on the Media Studies website. Students should bring a list of the courses available at the school they are planning to attend. Brief course descriptions or syllabi, if available, are especially helpful.
- 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?
We do not have a cap on the number of units from EAP that may be counted as satisfying the requirements for the Media Studies major.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
Our Media Studies H195 Honors Colloquium course is only offered in the spring semester. Students should enroll in this course in their final spring semester at UC Berkeley.
- Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into the departmental GPA?
- Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?
- If you represent a department that 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 that includes advice on how to articulate participation with UCEAP with the major?
No, but we do include information about study abroad on the FAQ page of the Media Studies website.
- 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.)? Please contact department directly for this information.