LS Advising

L&S Undergraduate Advising Site Index

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


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:

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.

Choosing a Major

Although University, College, and Berkeley campus requirements are essential components of the degree, your major program will be the central focus of the work you do for your Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Letters & Science. Students in a major program become familiar with the intellectual boundaries of a particular discipline, study particular aspects of that discipline in depth, and develop competence in the fundamental skills and methodologies related to it.

Earlier Add/Drop Deadline to Begin Fall 2018

May 18, 2018

Effective Fall 2018, the deadline for all undergraduate students to add and drop classes will move to Wednesday of week four of the semester. 

The Fall 2018 deadline to add and drop classes will be Wednesday, September 12 at 11:59PM. 

This deadline applies to all courses not on the Early Drop Deadline list.

Statement of Student Responsibility

You and the University share responsibility for your education. Our most successful students recognize the responsibility they must assume for their own progress. At UC Berkeley, you have the freedom to make independent decisions about your academic career. With this freedom comes the need to be responsible not only about your academics, but also about the administrative duties you need to complete in order to graduate.

Anthea Yugawa

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in

August 2018

What is your approach to advising?

Amy Azuma

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
July 2018

B.A. in English, UC Berkeley, 2002
M.A. in International Education, SIT Graduate Institute, 2009

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?

Karina Fong-Hirschfelder, Peer Adviser

Year and Major: Third, Linguistics major (Music and Applied Languages Studies minor)

About Me: Hello! My name is Karina and I am a junior majoring in Linguistics. I'm from the Silicon Valley, though I was born in Switzerland and moved here when I was 6 years old. In my free time I love to bake, and I teach the Intro to Baking DeCal! I play the flute, as well as the piccolo in Cal Band. This is my second year as a Peer Adviser.

Hometown: Mountain View, CA