Unique Courses of Study

Award-Winning Faculty 

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 

Undergraduates in the College of Letters & 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 & 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 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, and Anne Bogart. 
Other degree programs emphasize global perspectives and concentrated area studies of specific cultures and languages. 
  • 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.