LS Advising

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.  


Christina Teller

Assistant Director

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

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

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.

What To Do on Probation

1) Meet with an L&S College Adviser and keep in touch all semester long. Schedule an appointment to meet a College Adviser at anytime.

2) Take care of yourself. Don't forget to eat right and to get enough sleep. If you are feeling very stressed out by probation or by anything else, please contact the Tang Center counselors at (510) 642-9494.

Prospective & Continuing Undergraduate Students

Academic Programs

Visit the Arts & Humanities undergraduate website to learn more about the majors, minors and other academic offerings for undergraduates. There is also information about undergraduate research and career preparation for Arts & Humanities majors.

Academic Advising

Erin Warren

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
November 2017

B.A. in Communication Studies from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2015)

About me:
I'm a Los Angeles native, lived in sunny San Luis Obispo during my undergrad career, but have called the Bay Area home for the past two years. I absolutely love travelling (just visited Iceland as country #20!), hiking, camping trips, going to concerts, listening to podcasts, and drinking good coffee with loved ones.

Transfers at Berkeley

Transfer students come to Berkeley well-prepared for what lies ahead. They understand the importance of time management, planning, communicating with professors, and effective study strategies. However, even with such excellent preparation, Berkeley does have a few surprising differences in store for new transfer students.

Four Year Planner

Freshman Year - 0 to 29 units

  • Complete Golden Bear Advising.
  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources and L&S advising resources.
  • Explore possible majors – Use the Berkeley Academic Guide to learn about various majors, identify prerequisite courses, and review course descriptions. Visit department websites and your potential undergraduate major adviser (UMA).

Declaring a Major

Ideally students should declare a major by the conclusion of their fourth term, excluding summers. Transfer students should declare a major by the end of their first term.

Courses with Unit Limits

Limits on credit toward the 120 units minimum required for graduation have been set for certain types of courses.

Special Studies Courses

  • No more than 16 units in courses numbered 97, 98, 99, 197, 198, or 199 may be applied to the degree.
  • Prior to fall 2016, no more than 4 units from courses numbered 97, 98, 99, 198 or 199 may be taken in any one semester.

Physical Education Activities Courses

No more than 4 units may be applied to the degree.