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BERKELEY CONNECT in HISTORY

The Berkeley Connect program opens up the extraordinary resources of the university to you: the extraordinary students on our campus. By joining, you will become part of a community of like-minded faculty, mentors, and students that will provide a supportive environment in which to exchange and discuss ideas and goals. Berkeley Connect will help you to make the most of your time at the university as you learn more about the major in History. We’re excited to get to know you!

About Berkeley Connect in History

At the heart of Berkeley are its undergraduates. We invite you to come and join our world-class faculty and our graduate students in lively conversation and discussions about both history and the Berkeley experience. Through Berkeley Connect in History, you will have the chance to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, meet the people you’ve always wanted to meet, and join an intellectual community second to none. Along the way, you will learn some of tricks of the historical trade, explore the Berkeley campus with a dedicated mentor, and meet a fantastic group of peers. Your Berkeley won’t be the same!

Program Description

The only requirement for joining Berkeley Connect in History is that you have an interest in the field of study. You do not have to be a major in order to participate! Undeclared freshmen and sophomores are welcome, along with entering junior transfers and juniors and seniors who have declared the major.Every semester, Berkeley Connect sponsors a wide range of activities and events for participating students. They include:

  • small-group meetings led by your mentor;
  • one-on-one meetings with your mentor;
  • special events, including informal lectures by professors and guest speakers, and panels on career options, graduate school admissions, and other topics;
  • and visits to Berkeley resources.

At the heart of Berkeley Connect is the relationship between you and your mentor. The Berkeley Connect mentors are advanced graduate students or recent PhDs in History, who are chosen both for their demonstrated commitment to undergraduates and for their scholarly achievement. They are dedicated to providing the kind of close-knit community and one-on-one attention that can be hard to find at a large university.

When you sign up for Berkeley Connect, you will join one of several small groups of participants in History. Your small group will be led by your mentor, and will meet every other week during the semester for an hour-long dinner discussion sessions. Discussions will focus on key intellectual issues as well as key skills you need to succeed in the major. Above all, the small groups will focus on building connections among students, so that each group becomes a supportive community for all participants.

You will also meet with your mentor one-on-one at least twice during the semester, once to get acquainted, and a second time just before Tele-Bears, to discuss your plans for completing your major. Your mentor also has office hours every other week, during which you are free to show up and ask questions, talk over your day or your week, discuss what you are learning in class, or just have an informal conversation.

Berkeley Connect Mentors

Benjamin DanielsBenjamin Daniels recently received a PhD in History from UC Berkeley.

Where did you grow up?

Cleveland, Ohio

Where did you go to college and what was your major?

University of Cincinnati, Classics

How would you describe your research in a sentence or two?

Using textual, archaeological, and art historical evidence, I am writing a history of Wu and Yue, two “barbarian” kingdoms that flourished 2500 years ago. This is made difficult, because ancient Chinese histories about Wu and Yue were written hundreds of years after the fall of these kingdoms and are literary productions, not records of actual events.


Paulina Hartono recently received a PhD in History from UC Berkeley.

Where did you go to college and what was your major?

UC Berkeley; Comparative Literature and Asian Studies

How would you describe your research in a sentence or two?

I research the history of radio broadcasting and technology in twentieth-century China.


Semester Activities

During a semester in Berkeley Connect in History, you will participate in one-on-one conversations with your mentor, small-group discussions, special events and field trips.

Recent discussion topics have included:

  • Reading like a historian
  • Working with primary sources
  • Finding your intellectual home on campus
  • How to talk to your professors and GSIs

Berkeley Connect discussion sessions are informal and interactive, with time allowed for students to check in, talk about their experiences on campus, and reflect on current events that create the context for their academic studies.

Recent special events and field trips have included:

  • Faculty Panel: Get to Know Professors and their Research
  • Alumni Career Panel: What Can You Do with a Degree in History?
  • Guided tour of Bancroft Library Collection

How to Sign Up

To sign up, enroll in a Berkeley Connect section when course registration opens.  To participate in Berkeley Connect in History, you enroll in a section of History 98BC (primarily for freshmen and sophomores) or 198BC (primarily for juniors and seniors). Both are offered for one unit, taken on a Pass/Not Pass basis. Participation is NOT restricted to declared majors.

You may enroll in Berkeley Connect more than once (some students choose to participate for a full year by enrolling in both the fall and spring semesters), and you may enroll through more than one department. You may NOT enroll in more than two sections of Berkeley Connect in one semester, or enroll in more than one section in the same department in the same semester.

Contact Us

Please see our FAQs.  If you have additional questions about Berkeley Connect in History, please contact:  Benjamin Daniels at benjammin@berkeley.edu.

You can also contact the central Berkeley Connect office  at berkeleyconnect@berkeley.eduor (510)664-4182.

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