The College of Letters & Science offers students a world-class liberal arts degree and opportunities to study with nationally ranked faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. As a leader in scientific research, our science departments are home to Nobel Prize winners in physics and chemistry, and other leading faculty teach and research in areas such as biological, earth, and marine sciences. Distinguished faculty also participate in the Large Hadron Collider Project.
Unique Courses of Study
- The Environmental Studies Program was one of the first of its kind in the country, founded in 1970 in the wake of the January 1969 oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara. Today, it takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding critical environmental problems.
- The Department of Religious Studies houses "The Impact of the Vietnam War on American Religion and Culture," a nationally-renowned class begun by late U.S. Congressman Walter Capps.
- The B.S. in Financial Statistics and Mathematics is a joint major between the Departments of Statistics and Applied Probability, Mathematics, and Economics.
- The college’s Global Studies Department was one of the first interdisciplinary undergraduate majors in international studies in the country to focus on globalization.
- For students interested in intensive foreign language and literature study, the college offers majors in Chinese, French, German, Italian Studies, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese, and Slavic Languages. Students can also take courses in other languages as with Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Hinki, Latin, Persian, Russian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Yiddish. The UCSB General Catalog has more information.