Hello,my name is Dylan Lee.I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with majors in English and Philosophy.I am a native of California.I am going to talk a little bit about how I chose courses as a student at UC Berkeley.
My course choices were informed by major requirements, university requirements, and of course personal interest. In order to qualify as a full-time student, I had to take at least 13 units every semester, which usually meant I was taking 4-5 classes each term.
Each course had certain number of units,and that mainly depends on how much time I spent in class, for example, my Beowulf-Milton literature survey met three times a week for an hour, and included a discussion section.Since I met four hours in total for the week, the course had four units.An hour weekly seminar might have 1 unit, but an intensive course that tries to fit two semesters into one, like Intensive Latin,might carry as many as 8 units.
每门课都有一定数量的学分，这主要取决于我在这门课上花的时间。例如，《贝奥武夫-弥尔顿文学调查》(Beowulf-Milton literature survey)要求除了每周进行三次一个小时的会谈，还需要做一次课题讨论。我总共一周在这门课上花了四个小时时间，也就有了四个学分。如果是一门周期很长的课，比如拉丁语，需要花两个学期上完，就会有多出一倍的学分（8 个学分）。
During my first two semesters at Berkeley I took 4 classes, but thereafter I usually took 5 classes (20 units). This is something I regret a little, because I spent so much time doing work I often did not have time to relax and enjoy exploring Berkeley.
At Berkeley, I had to take seven breadth classes spread across seven intellectual domains: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Philosophy and Values, Arts and Literature, Social and Behavioral Sciences, HistoricalStudies, and International Studies. In addition to these classes, I also had to take a two-semester composition course, an American Studies class and an American Cultures class (this is usually marked by an“AC” at the end of a course name, for example “LING 108AC”).
I was able to skip the composition requirement by getting a 5 on the AP English literature exam, and I fulfilled the American Studies requirement by getting a 5 on the AP American History exam, for the American Cultures requirement, I took a linguistics class on the linguistic history of the United States:we studied Native American languages, the development of American English,and how race, class and gender influenced differences in dialect.
因为我在高中AP英语文学和AP美国历史都考了5分，所以我用它们转换了写作课和美国研究科学的学分。就满足其中一门英语文法课的要求。剩下一门美国文化的课程，我选修了一门 美国语言历史。这门课程介绍了美国本土语言，美国英语的发展，以及种族、阶级和性别是如 何影响方言差异的。
由于AP分数可以转换大学的学分，所以建议申请或者即将进入美国大学的学生，可以在5月考一些 AP 科目。这样既可以向大学证明你已经做好了去美国学习的准备，也可以通过转换部分学分空出多余时间体验丰富多彩的美国大学生活。
Tocomplete a major in Philosophy, I had to take an Ancient Philosophy and a Modern Philosophy class,as well as a class in symbolic logic. The Philosophy major required everyone to take a class in Epistemology/Metaphysics, Ethics,an intensive study of an author, and a philosophical methods class, where I got to work with a graduate student who would individually critique my writing. The five other classes were all electives within the major.
To satisfy Epistemology, I took a philosophy of language class, to satisfy Ethics I took a class in Ethical Theory, and to satisfy the authors requirement I took a class in Aristotle. Among the other electives I took in the Philosophy major were a class in feminist philosophy, a class in formal semantics, and a class on the Dutch philosopher Spinoza.
For my English major, were a three-class historical English Literature survey (a class in literature from Beowulf to Milton,a class on Restoration literature to the Romantics, and a class on Modern literature), a Shakespeare course, a course on literature written before 1800, and a research seminar.
My interest in the English major were mainly in medieval literature,so most of my classes were on literature written before 1800. I took classes on Old English, medieval manuscripts, Medieval Latin, and I took classes on literature from the English Civil War and literature written during the scientific revolution for the sake of variety.
I took an introductory chemistry course to satisfy the Physical Sciences requirement, a course in Evolution to satisfy Biological Sciences, and a post-Renaissance Art History course to satisfy the Historical studies requirement. I was able to satisfy the International Studies requirement by taking a Spanish composition course, and the class I took in linguistics also satisfied the Social Sciences requirement.
Because I pursued two majors, I did not have too much space to pursue electives that interested me, but I was able to take a few for example, I was able to squeeze in an intensive introduction to Latin, a class in Old Irish, and a class in medieval French poetry in my packed schedule. If I had to do it over again, I would probably have taken fewer electives to leave me more time to pursue life outside the classroom. Take enough classes to fulfill your requirements and challenge yourself intellectually,but be careful of taking on too much!