How to Participate in Course ThreadS


What is a Course Thread?

A Course Thread is a series of three courses from multiple departments and disciplines that are related to one another by intellectual theme. The organization of a Course Thread is far more flexible than a major or a minor.

Who can complete a Course Thread?

Any UC Berkeley undergraduate.

How do I find courses in my chosen Course Thread?

Each semester, choose the Class Schedule tab on the Berkeley Academic Guide and use the Course Threads filter located at the bottom left-hand side to find courses relevant to the thread in which you are participating.

Can I count 1- and 2-unit courses toward the completion of a Course Thread?

Yes! That’s the best part. Because this is not a major or minor, all courses are weighted equally regardless of unit value.

What are the requirements for the Townsend Center certificate?

Successfully complete 3 courses in one thread (from at least two different departments).

Contact the person listed on the home page of your Course Thread to confirm that you have completed eligible courses in the thread. 

Sign up to present in a Course Threads Symposium. You will be contacted by the Townsend Center for the Humanities and asked for your transcript to verify that you have completed the thread. 

Finally, participate in an RRR week Course Threads Symposium in the Townsend Center's Geballe Room (220 Stephens Hall) and give a five- to ten-minute presentation about your experience with your Course Thread's theme.

Students may receive only one certificate per semester.

Still have questions? Contact the person listed on the page of your Course Thread. For information about the symposium only, contact