Executive Committee


The L&S Executive Committee is charged with “the general oversight of the welfare of the students of the College” and serves as the Committee on Educational Policy for the College.  In the fulfillment of that broad charge, the committee has a number of areas of oversight including:

  • All Senate regulations pertaining to L&S, including registration, graduation requirements for the bachelor’s degree, criteria for honors, and rules governing probation and dismissal.
  • The requirements for departmental, group and field major and minor programs, including prerequisites and limitations on programs, and alternative electives. All proposals for changes to majors and minors must be submitted to the committee for approval before publication and before they become effective.
  • The academic program consisting of the general requirements of L&S (including Essential Skills and Seven-Course Breadth Distribution Requirement) and approval of the courses of instruction appropriate for fulfillment of these requirements.

All proposals for changes to majors and minors, and new majors and minors, should be submitted to the Executive Committee (EC) for review and approval. Requests for review of courses for Essential Skills and Seven-Course Breadth designation should be submitted to the subcommittee on Courses of Instruction and Academic Programs (CAP). Please see below for EC and CAP meeting schedules and proposal deadlines as well as resources for guidelines and forms required for submission.

The analyst and contact for all inquires regarding the EC and CAP is Susan Cass, Coordinator of Educational Policy: scass@berkeley.edu.

2017-2018 Executive Committee


  • Scott Saul (English)


  • Georjana Barnes (Molecular and Cell Biology)

  • Stanley Brandes (Anthropology) 

  • Inez Fung (Earth and Planetary Science)

  • Neil Gilbert (Social Welfare)

  • Luba Golburt (Slavic Languages and Literature)

  • Yoko Hasegawa (East Asian Languages & Culture)

  • Michel S. Laguerre (African American Studies)

  • Linda Wilbrecht (Psychology)

On Sabbatical

  • David Hult (French) 

  • Kim Shelton (Classics)

Ex-Officio Members

  • Carla Hesse (Executive Dean, College of Letters and Science)

  • Bob Jacobsen (Dean of Undergraduate Studies, College of Letters and Science)

Calendar of Meetings

Executive Committee (EC) meetings are held during the fall and spring semesters on the first Wednesday of the month. (The committee does not meet in January, June, July and August.)  Proposals are due to lsec@berkeley.edu no later than two weeks before the meeting date. Please note that committee meetings are limited to members and invited guests.

Spring 2018 EC Meeting Schedule

Meeting DateProposals Due
Tuesday, February 13th Thursday, February 8th
Thursday, March 15th Thursday, March 1st
Thursday, April 19th Thursday, April 5th

Courses of Instruction and Academic Program (CAP) meetings are held monthly during the fall and spring semesters (the committee does not meet in January, June, July and August) to review requests for courses to fulfill the Seven-Course Breadth Distribution Requirement. A Breadth Request Form (see Resources section on this page) and syllabus for each course must be submitted to lsec@berkeley.edu no later than due dates noted below. Please note: all courses must be approved by the Academic Senate Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI) prior to CAP review. Effective fall 2013, new courses approved by COCI will no longer automatically be reviewed by CAP for breadth. Departments must submit requests to CAP for review directly and independently of submission to COCI.

A separate process is in place for requests for consideration of courses to fulfill the Essential Skills Requirements (Foreign Language, Quantitative Reasoning, and Reading and Composition). Please contact the Coordinator of Educational Policy (Susan Cass, scass@berkeley.edu) for more information. 

Spring 2018 CAP Meeting Schedule

Meeting Date Brreadth Request Form and Syllabus Due
Wednesday, February 7th Friday, February 2nd
Tuesday, March 6th Friday, March 2nd
Thursday, April 5th Monday, April 2nd

Executive Committee Resources

College of Letters and Science Bylaws and Regulations

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals to the L&S Executive Committee

Sample Proposal to the L&S Executive Committee

Guidelines for Course Review for Seven-Course Breadth

Seven-Course Breadth Request Form

Sample Seven-Course Breadth Form Request to CAP