The Department of Political Science has provided information for students who plan to study abroad. Review your department’s responses to the Major Advising Questionnaires below, then contact the department directly with any additional questions.
Berkeley Programs Questionnaire
UCEAP Programs Questionnaire
All courses taken abroad must be evaluated by the Political Science Department at UC Berkeley before credit for the major is granted. Up to three (3) upper-division requirements may be fulfilled by approved courses taken elsewhere. All approved courses taken abroad must transfer in as no less than 3 semester units each (or 4.5 quarter units). Click here for more information on requirements and our policy on taking courses elsewhere.
Yes. Political Science has a database of previously approved courses on UCEAP. We will be happy to share this information during drop-in advising. Click here to view our office hours. Please note that all courses, even those previously approved or designated as Political Science by the UCEAP office, must be evaluated and approved by the UCB Political Science department.This includes courses previously approved.
No – Given our specialization, distribution, and PS 3 requirements, there is no way to have a generic program plan that incorporates a semester or year abroad. We prefer to map out a plan with each student individually based on their remaining major requirements.
Students must submit detailed syllabi and a “Request for Course Evaluation” form in order for courses to be reviewed for official approval towards the major. The turnaround time for course evaluations is 2 to 3 weeks, possibly longer during the summer and winter breaks. Detailed information packets on Study Abroad, which outline the department's evaluation process and criteria, are available outside the Undergraduate Advising Office at 296 Barrows Hall and under the Undergraduate Program tab of the department’s website at http://polisci.berkeley.edu.
To do honors, students must enroll for a two-semester seminar in their senior year. The seminar is offered in a Fall-Spring sequence only and advanced planning the semester before is highly recommended. Students wishing to pursue honors and go abroad should plan accordingly. Click here for information on our honors program.
Effective Fall 2016: Yes, but only in calculation of major GPA for graduation purposes (2.0 minimum).
The undergraduate advisers sign the UCEAP academic planning forms. We see students on a drop-in basis. Click here to view our hours.
Our department does not place academic/advisor holds on single majors. However, declared double majors do have advisor holds prior to each registration period. These holds can be released by e-mailing the Undergraduate Advising Office directly.
Graduating while abroad: No courses taken outside the Political Science department at UC Berkeley can fulfill any requirements for the Political Science major unless explicitly approved in advance by the Political Science department. There are no guarantees of course approval. Students wishing to go abroad in their final semester are strongly encouraged to complete their major requirements before going. If students plan to complete remaining requirements abroad, they must submit course materials prior to leaving.
Independent Programs Questionnaire
Yes. Please visit the undergraduate advisers to talk further. We see students on a drop-in basis. Click here to view our hours.