Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 before declaring any major in the College of Letters and Science. They are required to declare when 60 units have been completed. If a major has not been declared by the completion of 70 units, registration for classes may be blocked.

Students must complete the American Studies major application packet. Included in the packet are the L&S Program Planning form and the American Studies Application Form on which students outline their plan for the Area of Concentration within the major. Also required are informal transcripts (UC Berkeley Bear Facts or copies of transcripts from other colleges attended), showing work for all completed classes listed on the major application form. The declaration packet must be submitted to an American Studies faculty advisor for approval.

As of January 2014, students are required to have completed the American Studies 10 before declaring the major. All lower division courses, even those completed after declaring the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.    

Student Handbook And Other Forms

The American Studies Student Handbook and Tele-BEARS Advising Record Form are available for downloading from this page. They can also be obtained at the American Studies office in 237 Evans Hall, on the UC-Berkeley campus.