Society and Environment

The Society and Environment program 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.

Advising Resources

Study Abroad for Society and Environment Majors (PDF)

Study Abroad Information on the Society and Environment Website

Society and Environment Advising Contact Information

 

Berkeley Programs Questionnaire

 

Does your department currently sponsor a Berkeley Summer Abroad or Berkeley Global Internships program?

No.

Do any courses offered on a Berkeley Summer Abroad or Berkeley Global Internships program currently satisfy requirements within your major?

Students may petition to have up to two relevant courses from abroad count towards their major requirements. Courses must be at least 2.7 semester units, must be taken for a letter grade, and must be approved by both a Society and Environment faculty advisor and head faculty advisor. Any course taken abroad for 2.7 units, for letter grade, may count as a student’s International Studies Breadth.

 

UCEAP Programs Questionnaire

 

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 petition to have up to two relevant courses from abroad count towards their major requirements. Courses must be at least 2.7 semester units, must be taken for a letter grade, and must be approved by both a Society and Environment faculty adviser and head faculty adviser.

Does your department maintain a list of courses previously awarded credit on UCEAP and/or a list of pre-approved courses for UCEAP programs? How do students access this information?

No. I recently started a log of all submitted exceptions and would like to eventually post this online for students to see. Because faculty and syllabi change I don’t think courses would ever be “pre-approved” but knowing that someone has been approved for a particular course in the past should help students feel less anxious about the process.

Does your department have a 4-year or 2-year plan available to students that incorporates semester or year-length study abroad? How do students access this information?

Yes. We have created a plan to show how a student can study abroad for one semester and stay on track to graduate on time. Review page three here. Studying abroad for a full year is not out of the question but I would prefer interested students come talk to me about their interests.

What is the process in your department to have courses evaluated? What materials must be submitted? What is the timeframe for response?

You can review the petition and process here. Because students must meet with two levels of faculty, the timeframe for response will vary. Many students do this process upon their return and are able to get immediate responses by seeing faculty during their office hours.

Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?

If students qualify for the CNR Honors Research Program, they may participate in that as long as they have at least two consecutive semesters to complete that program. Otherwise, S&E students may take their senior capstone course (ESPM 194B) either before or after their semester abroad. S&E students may also opt to do an independent senior thesis (ESPM 195) either before or after their experience abroad.

Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?

N/A

Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?

UCEAP grades are counted toward college 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?

N/A

Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?

The undergraduate staff adviser.

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.)?

Yes, all CNR students, including those studying abroad, will receive an Academic hold which prevents them from registering for the following term. The undergraduate adviser will email students in advance of their Phase I appointments requesting a proposed schedule for the following term. Once the student and adviser come to an agreement about the proposed schedule, the hold will be released so the student can enroll into their courses. Advisers are available via email, phone, and webcam.

Do you have any department specific advice for students participating on a UCEAP program in their last term at Berkeley?

Since grades from their abroad program do take time to post to their Berkeley transcript, a student's official graduation date may be delayed if they study abroad the same semester they are plan to graduate.

 

Independent Programs Questionnaire

 

Have any Independent programs been approved by your department and the Study Abroad Advisory board for credit in the major?

No.

Are there any pre-approved courses for your major from other UC summer abroad programs (UCLA, UCD, etc.)?

No.

What is the process to have a course from an Independent study abroad program evaluated for your major?

You can review the petition and process here. We will rely on the Credit Evaluation Unit to evaluate unit transferability.