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

This Q&A with UCSB artist and professor Richard Ross discusses his process and discoveries while photographing youth in juvenile detention facilities.

Ecologist and professor Douglas McCauly is among the researchers finding that the same patterns that led to the collapse of wildlife populations on land are now occurring in the sea. This New York Times article quotes McCauly: “We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event.” But the study also finds "there is still time to avert catastrophe."

In this editorial piece, UCSB Professor David Valentine, explains the use of chemical dispersants in oil spill crises like Deepwater Horizon—comparing them to dishwashing soap or fire retardant used during wildfires—and urges a scientific approach to the discussion rather than the current, popular emotional responses.

Film & Media Studies Professor Cristina Venegas weighs in about telecommunication infrastructure, government access policies and its views about information shared in light of changes to US-Cuba relations.

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L&S Viewpoints

Thomas Knight is a fourth-year student majoring in psychology and communication. He's the president of the Gaucho Tour Association, the group of student tour guides; a member of the American Marketing Association, the UCSB Communication Association and the Psi Chi National...