LS Advising

Foreign Language

Satisfying Foreign Language with High School Coursework or Exam


Minimum Grade/Score Required to Satisfy Foreign Language

Completion of high school foreign language (other than English) through the third year of instruction Letter grade of C- or higher
SAT Subject Test, language other than English 590

Advanced Placement Exam in World Languages and Cultures:
   Chinese Language and Culture

L&S Undergraduate Advising Site Index

This A-Z index includes links related to advising and L&S undergraduates.


Newly Admitted Freshmen and Transfers


If you are a newly admitted freshman, and need to postpone your enrollment at Berkeley, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to discuss deferral.

Transfer Coursework

General Guidelines

In many cases, it is possible to satisfy unit or course curriculum requirements with course work from other campuses. Be sure to check with the office responsible for the requirement to seek transfer credit approval before enrolling elsewhere. Additional general information on transfer credit is available on the Office of the Registrar website. 


The honors notation on the transcript is the University's way to denote the highest level of academic achievement for its best students. To maintain this standard, no exceptions can be made to any honors policy.

Distinction in General Scholarship at Graduation

Honors for overall achievement at Berkeley are noted on the transcript and diploma as Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction (roughly equivalent to cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude).

To graduate with distinction, you must meet the following criteria:

L&S Fall 2018 Newsletters Out Now!

September 11, 2018

The Letters & Science Advising Office now has two editions of our Newsletter. Check them out here and here or click on the pictures below!

Forms and Petitions - L&S Undergraduate Advising

Forms are in PDF format and may be downloaded to your computer for reviewing and printing. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF viewer installed.

Academic Difficulty

Factors That Can Contribute to Academic Difficulty

Whether the difficulty is an isolated incident involving a disappointing grade or personal circumstances that greatly impacted their academics, students need to address the factor(s) below that contributed to their experience and seek immediate help from resources and support on campus.  The following list, in addition to the Office of Undergraduate Advising, has some resources that can be utilized by students.

L&S Peer Advising

Peer Advising Hours 2018-2019 

AskLnS Peers is a program designed to provide drop-in advising for students in the College of Letters & Science. Peers offer advising at different locations around campus. In the evenings, you can find them in the residence halls during Fall and Spring semesters. There is no appointment required, so feel free to drop-in any time!

2018-2019 Peer Advisers

Seven-Course Breadth Requirement

To satisfy Seven-Course Breadth at Berkeley follow these guidelines: