Decal Courses

The DeCal Program (or just DeCal) is a student-run program at UC Berkeley, where students create and facilitate their own classes on a variety of subjects under the sponsorship of an academic department on campus.

The Group in Asian Studies supports the DeCal program and encourages student participation. Students must be in junior or senior class standing in order to facilitate a Decal course. They must also be in good academic standing. You are responsible for finding a faculty sponsor for your proposed course. For a directory of affiliated faculty, see our website at http://ieas.berkeley.edu/gas/pdf/affiliated_faculty.pdf. The department Chair is responsible for making the final decision of whether or not your course is appropriate.

Students interested in requesting sponsorship must follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Visit the undergraduate major advisor in 101 Stephens Hall. The advisor is available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-noon and 1-4pm. She will explain to you the departmental policies and procedures.
  2. Attend a StartUp workshop in the Student Learning Center. Register at http://slc.berkeley.edu/ucftr/decalstartup.htm.
  3. Read and understand the “Seven Steps” listed at http://www.decal.org/start-a-course/seven-steps/.
  4. Comply with the university policies listed at http://www.decal.org/start-a-course/uc-policies/.
  5. Submit all paperwork to the undergraduate major advisor by November 1st for the spring semester, and July 1st for the fall semester.

Students can refer to the Office of Undergraduate Course Facilitator Training and Resources (UCFTR) for assistance. See their website at http://slc.berkeley.edu/ucftr/. Jamelia Brown-Carson is the program advisor, and can be reached at 510-642-3075 or at jameliac@berkeley.edu.