The Berkeley Changemaker

A Discovery Experience, Letters & Science C12

At UC Berkeley, you are encouraged to develop your passions through discovery projects that deepen your learning, better the world, and launch your future. This course is designed to help incoming students start this journey.

"There's no better time in history than right now to become a changemaker, and there's no better place to discover your changemaker identity than right here at UC Berkeley. No matter your interests, background, or experiences, if you are inspired to solve meaningful problems and are ready to take action, you are a changemaker." –Alex Budak

 

Berkeley Changemaker Info Session

Hear directly from fellow Cal students (Ashutosh Bajpal BA'21 Business Administration & BS'21 Data Science, Aurora Lopez BA'21 Political Science, Camyrn Bush BA'21 Business Administration & BS'21 Society & Environment, Eric Manzo, BS'21 Society & Environment) who have previously taken changemaker courses at UC Berkeley: Zoom link/password: 1d?3..=3

 

Alex Budak
Lecturer, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

This course is rooted in the belief that all Berkeley students are in the process of becoming Berkeley Changemakers. Changemakers make their impact everywhere on the campus intellectual landscape – through scientific breakthroughs, artistic imagination, social action projects, and entrepreneurial ventures. It is a course for entering students, who will learn to employ creative and critical thinking to imagine better futures, and then develop leadership skills to mobilize others to help create them. The ultimate goal of the course is to help incoming students discover their own identity as Berkeley Changemakers through shaping their educational experience at UC Berkeley.

The first Berkeley Changemaker course, piloted with 50 students across 17 majors, received an average student course-evaluation score of 6.7/7.0 and student feedback such as: “Everyone at Cal should be required to take this course. It gives an optimistic and change-making perspective to any discipline. It has genuinely changed my outlook on the world and how I want to go through life. Even if you think you are already a good leader, this class will teach you so much about being not just a leader, but a changemaker, wherever you go in life."

Welcome Incoming Freshmen

Take this course for free!

Freshmen who complete this course with a "Pass" grade will receive a credit toward the cost of this course on their account. Note that tuition may appear on your account if the credit has not yet been applied. If you do not receive a "Pass" grade, the credit will be removed from your account.

Plus! Newly admitted freshmen who pass will also receive a free unit of tuition toward a class or program of their choice during summer 2021. See below for more details.

Course: The Berkeley Changemaker: A Discovery Experience
L&S C12
Instructor: Alex Budak, Coordinating Instructor
Prerequisites: None
Session: E (July 27 - August 14)
Class Number: 15703
Units: 2, Pass/No pass
Location: Online
Register/Add Deadline: Friday, July 24th, at 5 pm Pacific
Syllabus
Student Orientation Guide
Who to Contact for Support

Course Objectives

By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

Develop a changemaker mindset— a whole new way of seeing the world and how to improve it.
Start seeing yourself as a leader who does your most important work through and with others. You’ll practice leadership that drives real change whether you are a scientist, artist, or engineer.
Describe how to transform an idea for change into real, measurable, and sustainable impact through learning academic frameworks, practical tools, and insights from a diverse group of outstanding changemakers.
Develop rich critical thinking skills that reflect the breadth of disciplines at UC Berkeley.
Gain confidence in your ability to clearly and persuasively communicate to inspire others.
Describe how to be a collaborator who brings out the best in your teammates and who understands how to apply lenses of diversity, equity, and inclusion to lead teams that bring out the best in everyone.
Create bonds with your classmates who will be your change-making community on campus and beyond in the years to come.

Taught by an all-star team of 21 UC Berkeley faculty members, representing 16 diverse departments and 7 schools across our campus. Our guest faculty includes Chancellor Carol Christ, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, and 8 Distinguished Teaching Award winners.

By taking this online course you will meet incoming Berkeley students from all around the world before you arrive on campus, and you can engage with lectures, assignments and readings at the time of day which works best for you.

 

 

To enroll in Berkeley Changemaker: A Discovery Experience L&S C12 you will first need to register for the Freshman Edge program.

Look for the Freshman Edge task in your CalCentral and accept and join the program to register. After registering, you will be able to enroll in the course. Please make sure to opt into Freshmen Edge by Thursday, July 23rd so that you can register for this course by the July 24th deadline. Make a note of the Class Number 15703 – you will need it to complete the enrollment process.

Claiming your free unit for summer 2021: Following the conclusion of the course, newly admitted freshmen who completed with a "Pass" grade will receive an email confirming they're eligible for the free Berkeley unit of tuition in summer 2021. This free tuition unit (valued at $419 for summer 2020) can be applied toward a general summer class, an online course, a summer minor or certificate program, or a Berkeley Summer Abroad or Berkeley Global Internships program. In advance of Summer Sessions registration opening for summer 2021, you will receive email instructions and a form to apply your free unit toward the class or program of your choice. If not redeemed during summer 2021, this free unit of tuition will expire.

Students can earn a maximum of one free unit of tuition for next summer. If you are enrolled in both L&SW1 and L&S C12, you will only be eligible for one free unit in summer 2021 upon receiving a passing grade.