Undergraduate Possibilities

Undergraduate ResearchUndergraduate Research Possibilities

UC Santa Barbara is renowned as a research university, and this includes the college's undergraduates.

A Liberal Arts Education

A Liberal Arts Education at UCSBLiberal Arts Education

The liberal arts have been at the heart of the university from its inception.

News Highlights

UCSB English professor Mark Rose’s research contributes to a critique in Variety about the “folklore of the ‘one genius’” in creative arts. Author Peter Bart cites several examples that show the importance of collaboration and the interplay between the filmmaking process and subject.

Psychology professor David Sherman is the co-author of an L.A. Times op-ed that analyzes biological, psychological and social science studies when exploring political leanings. Despite research that shows liberals and conservatives tend to have physiological differences, Sherman argues that opposing political beliefs have more to do with the universal psychological need to belong to social groups.

In it’s Science Ideas forum, Time magazine looks at five different academics’ work related to the ethical dilemma presented by the possibility of computer programming for DNA. History professor Patrick McCray talks about the need to rethink our view of DNA as more than just a code, shifting our thinking to DNA as a building tool.

Physics professor Ania Jayich is among the UCSB researchers who received the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development award, given for effectively integrating research and education. Jayich’s research tends toward applications in quantum and classical computing as well as biology.

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L&S Viewpoints

James Bianco graduated in 2008 with a degree in global studies. He now lights up the Hollywood soundboards as a music supervisor for popular commercials, TV shows and films, with credits like CBS'  "NCIS: Los Angeles" to his name. Academic Advising Associate Brandi Gilbert interviewed him about his journey to get to where he is now in the entertainment business and his words of wisdom for...