Advising Neighborhood: Social Sciences "E"/Interdisciplinary Majors

Welcome to the Social Sciences "E"/ Interdisciplinary Majors Advising Neighborhood!

The Social Sciences "E/UGIS" Advising Neighborhood iis made up of the following majors:

  • American Studies
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field (ISF)
  • Linguisitics
  • Media Studies
  • Political Economy

Your advising neighborhood includes L&S College Advisers and Undergraduate Major Advisers. While these advisers answer different questions (see the diagram below), they work together to make sure you receive a consistent advising experience. 

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Venn diagram for L&S College Advisers and Major Advisers

Sometimes you will need to see both advisers for questions that impact both general and major requirements (such as creating a thorough program plan). 

Still unsure which adviser is the best fit for your question?

We're here to help! Visit our Virtual Front Desk for real-time support. 

If you are unsure which adviser is the best fit for your question, see our Get Advice page.

 

Meet the Social Sciences "E"/ Interdisciplinary Majors L&S College Advisers

L&S College Advisers help with questions about L&S College policies and procedures, such as the topics found on this website. Being part of this advising neighborhood helps us be aware of your major when advising you on these policies. Here is a list of common topics you would discuss with your L&S College Adviser: 

  • Satisfying your non-major degree requirements 
  • Choosing a major or minor
  • Exploring transfer work options for non-major requirements
  • Clarifying academic options if you are struggling with a class
  • Incorporating college requirements and enrichment opportunities to a 4-year plan
  • Connecting with campus resources for support

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Select your L&S Neighborhood advisers to look for availability: 

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Zoom Meeting (Includes Phone)

Your appointment will be conducted through Zoom. Review instructions to sign into your UC Berkeley Zoom account. Once you book an appointment, an event will be created for you in your bCal if you use your Berkeley email address and you will also receive a confirmation email with information on how to join your appointment. 

At the time of your appointment, simply click on the link or call the number provided (be prepared to enter the PIN) to join the waiting room for your Zoom meeting with an L&S College Adviser. 

Need more support? View our Google Slide Show with screen shots to help you understand how to connect to your appointment. 

Undergraduate Major Advising

Major advisers help with questions related to major requirements or planning that are more in depth. Here are some common topics you would discuss with your Undergraduate Major Adviser instead of your L&S College Adviser: 

  • Satisfying major prerequisites and upper division requirements
  • Declaring or applying to the major and likelihood of admission
  • Exploring transfer work options for major requirements
  • Discussing how struggling in a major course may impact major progress
  • Developing your major program plan and discussing whether a major is feasible with your remaining time
  • Learning about research and other departmental opportunities

Tip: For basic policy information or an overview of the major, it is helpful to first review your intended or declared major's website to see if your question is answered. 

Major Department: Advising Contact Adviser(s) name
American Studies Laura Spautz
Geography Sarah Varner
Global Studies Dreux Montgomery
Nithya Raghunathan
Alex Maurice
History Leah Flanagan
Linguistics Martine Alexander
Interdisciplinary Studies Field (ISF) Patrick Civello
Media Studies Laura Demir
Political Economy Dreux Montgomery
Nithya Raghunathan
Alex Maurice

FAQ

What if I'm a double (or multiple) major?

Students with multiple majors will need to work with both of their undergraduate major advisers to plan each major during their time at Cal. 

If you are intending majors in two (or more) different neighborhoods, you do not need to meet with L&S College Advisers from both neighborhoods.

If you have one major that has more planning challenges, is more related to future career, or that you tend to have more questions about, we recommend working with the L&S College Advisers in that major's neighborhood.

Otherwise, you are welcome to find an L&S College Adviser in either of your major's neighborhoods that you enjoy working with and continue working with that adviser (or you may search for the first L&S College Adviser available in either one of your neighborhoods). 

Who do I meet with for Minor questions?

Minor questions always go to the advisers in your minor department. They will help you declare and determine minor progress. 

Only your intended/declared major is needed to find your Advising Neighborhood. You will not need to meet with an L&S College Adviser in the neighborhood for your minor. 

What if I don't know which major I want to do?

If you are exploring majors within the Social Sciences E / Interdisciplinary Majors neighborhood, it's helpful to start with meeting with an L&S College Adviser in this neighborhood. 

If you are exploring majors in different neighborhoods, see our Undecided Students page. 

Do I have to meet with an L&S College Adviser from my neighborhood?

No! The advantage of meeting with an L&S College Adviser in your neighborhood is that they will have a greater understanding about your intended/declared major department and can answer other questions through that lens. But all L&S College Advisers can advise you on policies, progress toward non-major requirements, academic difficulty, etc.

If you have worked with an L&S College Adviser you like or want to pursue a recommendation from a friend, you are welcome to work with any L&S College Adviser. Just be aware that L&S College Advisers outside of your neighborhood will have less of a thorough understanding of your intended major. 

I'm having trouble getting in touch with an L&S College Adviser in my neighborhood.

At certain times of the semester, advising appointments can book out significantly. We know how frustrating that can be. 

If you are having trouble getting in touch or scheduling an appointment with an L&S College Adviser in your neighborhood, contact our intake staff. They can listen to your question and help guide you on next steps. They may even be able to answer your question.