Unique Courses of Study

Award-Winning Faculty 

The College of Letters and 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 

Undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science may choose from 90 majors and 39 optional minors that provide a wealth of opportunities for students to prepare for graduate school or the working world. Degrees of study are highly interdisciplinary, emphasizing unique collaborations and innovative programming. 
 
Selected highlights are included below
 
In the College of Letters and Science, degrees focus upon interdisciplinary study through faculty collaboration across distinct departments and curriculum that covers diverse perspectives of academic topics. This ensures students receive a comprehensive education that provides them with tools for thinking critically about issues both from within their own field of study and across others.
 
Many departments have unique histories or other special offerings that further enhance students' learning. Below is a list of some selected highlights from a few of our departments' degree programs: 
  • 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 College has a thriving performing arts program in Theater and DanceMusic, and Art. An added benefit for students includes master classes taught by visiting artists and residencies, as with Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Anne Bogart, the Miami City Ballet, the Guarneri String Quartet, Paula Vogel, Steven Berkoff, the Juilliard Quartet, and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Tony Kushner. The B.F.A. in Theater with an emphasis in Acting is a highly selective three-year program which prepares majors for graduate conservatory training programs, internships with regional theaters, and professional theater. 
Other degree programs emphasize global perspectives and concentrated area studies of specific cultures and languages.