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The Liberal Arts

As an L&S student, you can explore the almost limitless possibilities of a liberal arts education. Dean Steven Botterill discusses the benefits of the liberal arts in this video. You will also be expected to meet high standards of student responsibility essential for success at Berkeley.

After attending orientation, meet an L&S College Adviser who can provide assistance in forming a program plan that will help you get the most out of your education.

L&S Peer Advising

Peer Advising Hours 2017-2018 

AskLnS Peers is a program designed to provide drop-in advising for new students in the College of Letters & Science. We are conveniently located in the residence halls during evening hours each Fall and Spring semester. There is no appointment required, so feel free to drop-in any time!

L&S Advising Launches New Premed/Pre-health Advising Services

February 28, 2018

L&S Premed Advising Drop-in Wednesdays

Every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 pm throughout the year, there is now limited premed/pre-health drop-in advising appointments available to students on a first-come, first-served basis at 206 Evans Hall.

Philaine Seher

Assistant Director


Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
October 2011


What is your approach to advising?
I seek to provide students information and tools necessary to make decisions, thereby empowering them to pursue their dreams.


Education:
MS Counseling, San Francisco State University, 2011
BA English, UC Berkeley, 2007

Advisers of Color (UC) research sources

Tara Young, College Adviser conducted the second UC-wide convenience-sample survey on advisors of color in Feb 2017.  

Its 2 goals:  a) do advisers of color help the retention of students​/improve the student experience?, and b) to understand any distinctions about advisers of color. The first survey was conducted in Jan 2016.  

Presentations:

Christina Teller

Assistant Director

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
October 2014

Education
B.A. Psychology, UCLA
M.A. Education, UC Berkeley
Ed.D. Organization & Leadership, University of San Francisco

L&S Undergraduate Advising Site Index

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

Honors

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).

Changing Majors

While it is possible under certain circumstances to change majors, it is always important to consider such a move carefully, keeping in mind that undertaking a new major program late in your college career will usually involve considerable additional time and effort.

Double Majors and Simultaneous Degrees

Students in L&S who wish to pursue more than one major may apply for a double major or simultaneous degrees. A double major program consists of two L&S majors resulting in a Bachelor of Arts degree with two majors, with one diploma issued. Simultaneous degree programs consist of a major in L&S and another from a different school or college on the campus.