Tuesday, March 8, 2016


The College of Letters & Science offers more than 80 majors across disciplines. We are leaders in diverse educational experiences. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


UCSB's location, perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, can't be beat. We encourage students to work hard and enjoy their stunning surrundings. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Many of our students have the opportunity to do hands-on research with a professor or graduate student, giving them practical knowledge and skills that take them beyond the classroom. 

Monday, March 7, 2016


Every undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara will take at least one course in the College of Letters & Science. Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts -- our students do it all! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Our students are engaged, curious, and passionate. Many of them use their time at UCSB to explore creative endeavors. We nurture artistic talent alongside academic excellence. 


May 4

For her in-depth analysis of an often seen, yet little-studied painting from eighteenth-century Mexico, professor Sarah Cline has received the Latin American Studies Association’s (LASA) Humanities Essay prize. Awarded under the international organization’s Mexico section, the prize recognizes a “single-­ or multi-­authored essay published in a peer-­reviewed journal, edited book or collection of conference papers that reflects outstanding originality in its treatment of any aspect of Mexico.”

Cline's article, “Guadalupe and the Castas: The Power of a Singular Colonial Mexican Painting,” focuses on one particular painting, and was published in the second issue of the binational, University of California Press scholarly journal Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, which is based at UCSB. 

May 3

The Quantum Sensing and Imaging Group at UC Santa Barbara, led by physicist Ania Jayich,has worked for two years to develop a radically new sensor technology capable of nanometer-scale spatial resolution and exquisite sensitivity that uses a single atom to capture high-resolution images of nanoscale material. 

Apr 29

Professor of history Paul Sonnino lays out his case for solving a 350-year-old mystery in his latest book, “The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask: A Historical Detective Story” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Using what he calls “radical empiricism,” Sonnino walks the reader through reams of correspondence, official records and his own ups and downs as he recounts his sleuthing.  

According to Sonnino, the mysterious man was Eustache Dauger, the valet of the treasurer of the late Cardinal Mazarin, who had been principal minister of France during Louis XIV’s childhood and youth, and who had accumulated a huge fortune, some of which he even passed on to the king himself.

Apr 26

It’s not every day you get a mountain named in your honor. But UC Santa Barbara’s Bruce Luyendyk, a professor emeritus of earth science, can claim exactly that rare accolade. Mount Luyendyk, as the peak is now known, is situated in Antarctica’s remote Fosdick Mountains, a place the tectonics expert knows well from his years conducting field research there. Its new name was proposed by two of his former graduate students. 

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