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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


Camilo Lund-Montano Camilo Lund-Montano (Senior Fellow) recently received a PhD in History from UC Berkeley.

Where did you grow up?


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

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, History.

In a sentence or two, how would you describe your research?

The history of social movements and transnational networks of solidarity in the United States and Latin America.

Christopher BonuraChristopher Bonura (Senior Fellow) recently received a PhD in History from UC Berkeley.

Where did you grow up?

In New York and in Florida.

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

University of Florida. I majored in history and classics.

In a sentence or two, how would you describe your research?

I study ancient and medieval apocalyptic literature and ideas about the end of the world. I am particularly interested in the ways in which beliefs about the end of time reflected and helped shape political theory.

Semester Activities

Date Meeting Location Topic
September 2nd and 3rd Labor Day; No meeting
September 9th and 10th Small group meeting 1 3205 Dwinelle Intro/Orientation
September 11th–13th Individual meetings TBA Getting acquainted
September 23rd and 24th Small group meeting 2 3205 Dwinelle Mental health, imposter syndrome, fatigue
October 7th and 8th Small group meeting 3 3205 Dwinelle Faculty/mentor relationships
TBA Field trip to Bancroft Special Collections Bancroft Library Research resources at Berkeley
October 21st and 22nd Small group meeting 4 3205 Dwinelle Studying and reading in college
October 30th–November 1st Individual meetings TBA Plans for the next semester and for the future
November 4th and 5th Small group meeting 5 3205 Dwinelle Writing as historians
November 18th and 19th Small group meeting 6 3205 Dwinelle Non-academic careers in history
December 2nd and 3rd Small group meeting 7 3205 Dwinelle History and current events/conclusion


To find sections in the upcoming semester, search the Schedule of Classes for History 98BC (for first-year and sophomores) or 198BC (for juniors and seniors).To help you meet other students who share your experiences and perspectives, Berkeley Connect sections are designated as lower division (first-year students and sophomores), new junior transfers, and upper division (juniors and seniors), but you can enroll in any section that fits your schedule and credit requirements.

How to Sign Up

To participate in Berkeley Connect in History, you enroll in a designated section of History 98BC or 198BC (one unit, taken on a Pass/Not Pass basis). Many students chose to enroll for more than one semester. Participation is NOT restricted to declared majors.To sign up, enroll in a Berkeley Connect section when course registration opens.  Please see the Berkeley Connect sections listed above under “Schedule.”

**Read the schedule notes carefully—different sections are designated as primarily for lower-division (freshmen and sophomores), upper-division (juniors and seniors), or junior transfer students.

If you are interested in participating in Berkeley Connect, but course registration is not currently open, you can join the Berkeley Connect Mailing List, and you will be sent more details when the next semester’s information becomes available.

Contact Us

Please see our FAQs.  If you have additional questions about Berkeley Connect in History, please contact:  Camilo Lund-Montano  at camiloelund@berkeley.edu or Christopher Bonura at bonura@berkeley.edu.

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

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