Certificates and Course Threads

design innovation, film and media, global urban humanities


UC Berkeley offers several undergraduate certificates, requiring fewer courses than a traditional minor.

Design Innovation

The Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation integrates methods, technologies, knowledge and thought from a wide range of different disciplines. The certificate connects design approaches from the division of Arts & Humanities, College of Engineering, College of Environmental Design, and the Haas School of Business. The program trains students to take responsibility for the entire life cycle of innovation, from idea to execution and beyond.

Film & Media Industries and Professions

This summer-only certificate is designed for students pursuing careers in film and media. The certificate requires a total of 3 courses on topics such as Pitch to Production, Entertainment Law, Film & Media Professions and Understanding Film Sound.

Global Urban Humanities

An interdisciplinary approach to studying cities and urban life, jointly hosted by the division of Arts & Humanities and the College of Environmental Design. The undergraduate certificate in Global Urban Humanities requires 3 courses (2 electives, and a fieldwork course).

Course Threads

Sponsored by a number of departments and centers across campus, the Course Threads program explores themes by connecting courses across disciplines. To earn a course thread certificate, complete 3 approved courses and participate in the semester-end symposium sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

  • Carceral Geographies: Beyond the Prison
  • Culture and Globalization
  • Historical and Modern City
  • Human Rights
  • Humanities and Environment
  • Law and Humanities
  • Sciences and Society
  • Technologies of Writing
  • Visual Cultures