Executive Committee

  1. Introduction
  2. Executive Committee Members
  3. Executive Committee Calendar of Meetings
  4. Courses of Instruction and Academic Programs (CAP)
  5. CAP Meeting Schedule
  6. Executive Committee Resources

Introduction

The L&S Executive Committee is charged with “the general oversight of the welfare and instruction 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 and forms required for proposal submission.

The analyst and contact for all inquires regarding the EC and CAP is Khia Brunelle (lsec@berkeley.edu), Coordinator of Educational Policy.

Spring 2024 Elections

[Notice of L&S Election] Executive Committee and Committee on Courses of Instruction and Academic Programs (Feb 29 2024)

Read about the critical role of the committee and its far-reaching impact on undergraduate education and departmental vitality: Supporting Undergraduate Success: A Conversation with Scott Saul on the Impact of the L&S Executive Committee

2024-2025 Executive Committee

Chair

  • Linda Wilbrecht (Psychology)

Members

  • Déborah Blocker (French)
  • Abby Dernberg (Molecular and Cell Biology)
  • Seth Finnegan (Integrative Biology) 
  • Mia Fuller (Italian Studies)
  • Supreet Kaur (Economics)
  • Darya Kavitskaya (Linguistics/Slavic Languages and Literatures)
  • David Nadler (Mathematics)
  • Leslie Salzinger (Gender and Women's Studies) 
  • Ethan Shagan (History)
  • Nikhil Srivastava (Mathematics)

Ex-Officio Member

  • Jennifer Johnson-Hanks (Executive Dean, College of Letters and Science)

Calendar of Meetings

Executive Committee (EC) meetings are held during the fall and spring semesters. (The committee does not meet in 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.

2024-25 EC Meeting Schedule

DEADLINE to Submit Proposal

EC Meeting Date

Wednesday, September 4, 2024

Wednesday, September 18, 2024

Wednesday, October 2, 2024

Wednesday, October 16, 2024

Wednesday, October 23, 2024

Wednesday, November 6, 2024

Wednesday, November 20, 2024

Wednesday, December 4, 2024

Wednesday, January 15, 2025

Wednesday, January 29, 2025

Wednesday, February 5, 2025

Wednesday, February 19, 2025

Wednesday, March 5, 2025

Wednesday, March 19, 2025

Wednesday, April 16, 2025

Wednesday, April 30, 2025

Courses of Instruction and Academic Programs (CAP) - L&S Breadth Requests

Courses of Instruction and Academic Programs (CAP) is a faculty committee which reviews UC Berkeley course offerings for the Seven-Course Breadth Distribution Requirement.

CAP meetings are held monthly during the fall and spring semesters (the committee does not meet in June, July and August) to review requests. The CAP meeting schedule is updated below prior to each fall and spring term.

Procedures to Request Seven-Course Breadth for a UC Berkeley Course:

  • If you are a student who would like torequest breadth for a UC Berkeley course, please contact an undergraduate adviser in the department that is offering the course for more information.
  • If you are a staff member, undergraduate adviser, or faculty member requesting breadth for a course offered by your department, please follow these steps:

1.All courses must be approved by the Academic Senate Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI) prior to a 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.)

2.Review the Overview of the Seven-Course Breadth Request Form for instructions on how to prepare for your department’s breadth request.

3.Take note of the CAP Meeting Schedule and deadlines (below).

4.Complete the online Breadth Request Form. NOTE: One form must be completed for each course you wish to submit for a breadth review.

There is separate process for reviewing and approving courses to fulfill the Essential Skills Requirements (Foreign Language, Quantitative Reasoning, and Reading and Composition). Please contact the Coordinator of Educational Policy Khia Brunelle (lsec@berkeley.edu) for more information.

2024-2025 CAP Members

  • Brandi Catanese (African American Studies and Theater, Dance and Performance Studies)
  • Keith Feldman (Ethnic Studies)
  • Kevis Goodman (English) - Sabbatical fall 2024
  • Myra Melford (Music)
  • Estelle Tarica (Spanish and Portuguese)

2024-25 CAP Meeting Schedule

DEADLINE to Submit Breadth Request Form and Syllabus CAP Meeting Date

Tuesday, September 3, 2024

Tuesday, September 10, 2024

Tuesday, October 1, 2024

Tuesday, October 8, 2024

Tuesday, October 29, 2024

Tuesday, November 5, 2024

Tuesday, November 26, 2024

Tuesday, December 3, 2024

Tuesday, January 21, 2025

Tuesday, January 28, 2025

Tuesday, February 18, 2025

Tuesday, February 25, 2025

Tuesday, March 11, 2025

Tuesday, March 18, 2025

Tuesday, April 22, 2025

Tuesday, April 29, 2025

Executive Committee Resources

College of Letters and Science Bylaws and Regulations

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals to the L&S Executive Committee

Requesting Exceptions to Unit Requirements for Major Programs (BDR 809.A)

Guidelines for Proposals for New Minor Programs

Sample Proposal to the L&S Executive Committee

Guidelines for Course Review for Seven-Course Breadth

Sample Annotated Syllabus for Seven-Course Breadth Requests

Advanced Notice of Pre-requisite Changes to CA Community Colleges