Teaching a De-Cal course through the AAS Department:


Getting Started!


Š       Do your research. Go to http://www.decal.org and http://education.berkeley.edu/specialstudies/ and read everything there is to know about establishing and teaching a DeCal course. For further information and training see http://slc.berkeley.edu/ucftr/decalstartup.htm.

Š       Find a AAS faculty sponsor.

Š       Develop your course syllabus. A list of items that must be included in your syllabus is outlined on the Special Studies Student Checklist (available at the websites listed above).


Procedures: Students planning to offer a DE-Cal AAS 98/198 course must provide the following for approval:


Š       Completed COCI Special Studies Course Proposal Form, available on the following websites: http://www.decal.orgor by clicking here. Students must download and complete this form and obtain the faculty sponsor's signature before submitting it to the Undergraduate Adviser (UA), who will then obtain the Chair's signature;

Š       Syllabus of the proposed course approved by a faculty sponsor.

Š       A designated lead facilitator to liaise with the department (if there is more than one facilitator);

Š       Course description, including the criteria required for students to pass the course;

Š       AAS De-Cal Student Info Sheet available here or through the UA’s Office. (One form is required for each course facilitator)

Š       AAS De-Cal Special Course Checklist available here or through the UA’s office.

All documentation must be submitted to the Undergraduate Adviser to be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee by the posted due date. As soon as the course has been approved, the lead facilitator should see the UA in 608 Barrows for information regarding room scheduling and course control numbers.


Student Facilitated Course Packet


AAS De-Cal Student Info Sheet


AAS De-Cal Special Course Checklist



All De-Cal courses must have approval three weeks prior to deadline before the end of the previous semester. If you wish to offer an AAS De-Cal class, all signed paperwork must be submitted in person to the Undergraduate Adviser in 608 Barrows by the following deadlines:

Š       The deadline for proposed Fall De-Cal courses is the last week of April.

Š       The deadline for proposed Spring De-Cal courses is the last week of October.



Š      The Department will approve De-Cal courses on a first-come, first-served basis.

Š      Individual faculty members may sponsor one De-Cal courses per semester.

Š      Effective Fall 2015, student facilitators offering a De-Cal through the African American Studies Department MUST HAVE TAKEN A MINIMUM OF 1 COURSE IN AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES and MUST be enrolled in or have take Education 97/197.12 “The Craft of Facilitating”. For further information about this class see http://slc.berkeley.edu/ucftr/decalstartup.htm.

Š      Students may not offer/teach more than one Del-Cal per year.

Academic Credit for Facilitating a DeCal Course:

Student Facilitators can receive academic credit the following two ways:

1.     By enrolling in AAS 99, 199 or 197.

2.     Through the Student Learning Center by enrolling in Educ 97 or 197, "The Craft of Facilitating”. Students preparing to teach a future DeCal course may receive 2 P/NP units. Students currently teaching a DeCal course may receive 3 P/NP units.

Enrolling in a DeCal Course:

If you want to enroll in a DeCal class, please check De-Cal's website at http://www.decal.org for the complete list of courses.