Berkeley Changemaker Course 12 Summer 2021

I'm thankful that I've been able to learn so much from this course! I truly believe this is the greatest preparation I could have received going into my first year at Berkeley. I'm sad this has come to an end, but excited to apply the lessons and principles I learned into my Berkeley journey and my life!
Grace Kelly, Course 12 Student, Class of 2024

Course 12 features 22 distinguished UC Berkeley Faculty members from 18 departments and 7 schools, including:

As someone who has grown up feeling like the ‘other’ it was so empowering hear that there is space for all people to make the meaningful changes they want to see...I'm so grateful to be a part of this program and to have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary for creating the change that I'd like to see!
Course 12 Student

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in Course 12?

Enrollment for Summer 2021 is open. Click here to visit the class listing in the Academic Guide (Class #10651). We also offer this Course 12 "The Berkeley Changemaker" on campus each spring. Please note that the course is only open to matriculated UC Berkeley students.

How do learn more about Course 12?

We're holding an information session on Course 12 and the Berkeley Changemaker during Cal Week on April 26 at 11am PST. Register here to receive a Zoom link.

I'm a transfer student. Is Course 12 for me?

Course 12 is designed to help incoming students, both transfers and first-years alike, maximize your experience at UC Berkeley. From the core concepts of critical thinking, communication, and collaboration to the interviews with 17 members of UC Berkeley's all-star faculty about what changemaking looks like in their disciplines, this course will help you thrive at UC Berkeley. We welcome you to join our community of Berkeley Changemakers.

I'm outside of the United States or have a challenging schedule, can I still take this class?

Yes, we welcome all matriculated UC Berkeley students in this course. The 2-unit, six-week, course is asynchronous and fully-online, meaning that you can watch the lectures and complete your assignments on your own time and on the schedule that works best for you each week.  We also have optional supplementary "live" content including office hours with our all-star UC Berkeley faculty and hour-long sessions that offer you an opportunity to engage even more deeply with the critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills taught in our course. In consideration of our students' varying schedules, we try our best to offer these at different times throughout the week.

I'm a returning UC Berkeley student, is this course for me?

Yes! While the summer version of our Course 12 is geared towards incoming first-year and third-year Transfer students, we welcome all UC Berkeley students into the course. In fact, here's what senior YeRin Jun '20 said about her experience in last summer's course: "I am very grateful that this course was open to any grade even though the small description of this course seemed to be geared towards freshmen, and I was glad that I disregarded the description and joined this class. You will definitely learn something in this course where you can apply it to your life no matter what path you take..."

Is Course 12 open to the general public?

Unfortunately not. At this time, Course 12 is only available to matriculated UC Berkeley students.  We are planning additional offerings in summer 2022 for our pre-college students and will be posting those on this website as they are announced. We do, however, sincerely appreciate your interest.

I still have questions.

We'd love to hear from you, please e-mail us at:

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Being a part of this class is life changing and it truly shapes your identity, and I am so glad to be a part of this community.
Milo Harmon Maurer, Course 12 Student, Class of 2024
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The Berkeley Changemaker Summer 2021 Course 12 Promotional Video

The 18 UC Berkeley Academic Departments Represented in Course 12 Include:

African American Studies, Agricultural & Resource Economics, Art Practice, Bioengineering, Comparative Literature, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, English, Economics, Education, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, International & Area Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular and Cell Biology, Physics, Political Science, Spanish, Rhetoric, and Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies

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Curious to have a "sneak peek" into the course? Watch the first course module, taught by Faculty Lead, Alex Budak.

The 7 UC Berkeley Schools and Colleges Represented in Course 12 Include:

School of Education, School of Engineering, Haas School of Business, College of Letters & Sciences, School of Public Health, and the Rausser College of Natural Resources

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A highlight of Course 12 are the Berkeley Changemaker Chats. Click here for a snippet with Bob Jacobsen, Dean of Undergraduate Education.

Over 1,250 (and counting!) students have enrolled in Berkeley Changemaker courses since July 2020.

BERKELEY CHANGEMAKER is a trademark of The Regents of the University of California through its Berkeley campus.  It is not affiliated with any third parties using “changemaker” or similar terms