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
- The Department of Film and Media Studies' Carsey-Wolf Center sponsors a wide range of opportunities for students to explore potential future career paths through the Media Internship Program, the Carsey-Wolf Center Internship, and the Pollock Theater Internship. The Carsey-Wolf Center also sponsors Blue Horizons to introduce students to documentary filmmaking.
- 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 College has a thriving performing arts program in Theater and Dance, Music, 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.
- The College’s Global Studies Department was one of the first interdisciplinary undergraduate majors in international studies in the country to focus on globalization. Middle East Studies is one major within the Global Studies Department, whereas Latin American and Iberian Studies is a distinct academic department.
- 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.