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  • Berkeley Connect in English is a one-unit mentorship and discussion course which aims to foster community in the English Department by offering a space for “serious play”: small group discussions about ideas and texts, explorations of the many riches of the Berkeley campus, visits by department faculty and distinguished alumni, and one-on-one advice on courses and graduate programs from graduate students and professors. For more information, please see the Berkeley Connect in English website. 

DeCal Courses in the English Department

Please consult the DeCal website for information and instructions.

Students interested in leading a DeCal course in Spring 2022 must submit complete proposals to the Department by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Late proposals will not be considered. The proposal consists of

  • A completed Course Proposal Form
  • A syllabus
  • A letter of support from a member of the English Department faculty

which should be submitted via this form by the deadline.

The Department will contact you by November 3, 2021 to let you know whether it approves your course for consideration by the Committee on Courses of the Academic Senate. If your proposal is accepted by the department, you must submit all required materials directly to the Academic Senate by their deadline of November 10, 2021 and attend a workshop at the Student Learning Center, which provides resources to undergraduate course facilitators.

Please understand that the Department will not be able to consider incomplete applications, and be as thorough as possible with your submission.

  • Students may receive credit for working on individual projects via Independent Study/Directed Reading under the direction of a faculty member. Undergraduate Students: after you find a faculty sponsor for an independent study, please complete and submit the Application for Independent Study.  Graduate Students: after you find a faculty member with whom you will be working, please submit the Application for Directed Reading/Independent Study. Students will be emailed a class number to enroll in the course.

Members of the public may audit classes only through Concurrent Enrollment with the new no-credit option administered by UC Extension, i.e. auditing classes free of charge is no longer possible. Like for-credit enrollment, no-credit enrollment in a course is dependent on seats available and is at the discretion of the instructor. It also requires the approval of the department chair.

If you are interested in auditing an English Department course, please follow instructions on this page under "Concurrent Enrollment Instructions."

For students enrolled in the no-credit option, course grades and a UC Berkeley transcript will not be issued. These enrollees are expected to be “silent auditors,” though they may take part in discussions with the permission of the instructor. They may take exams and write papers, but their work will not be graded. Students who enroll for no credit will receive a marker of "NC" on their official UC Berkeley Extension transcript.