UCSB College of Letters and Science

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University of California, Santa Barbara
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Location Santa Barbara, California, United States
Website http://www.ucsb.edu/

The College of Letters and Science is the largest college at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The College, which offers 80 majors and 38 minors to over 17,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, has about 700 faculty members. [1]



The college offers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Departments and Programs[edit]

Forty-seven Academic departments and programs within the College of Letters and Science are grouped into three academic divisions: the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts; the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences; and the Division of Social Sciences. The College’s Division of Undergraduate Education, offers academic services to the undergraduates and is the home of the Honors Program.

The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts includes 22 academic departments and programs:

  • Department of Art
  • Department of Classics
  • Comparative Literature Program
  • Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Department of English
  • English for Multilingual Students Program
  • Department of Film and Media Studies
  • Department of French and Italian
  • Department of Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies
  • Department of History
  • Department of the History of Art and Architecture
  • Program in Latin American and Iberian Studies
  • Department of Linguistics
  • Graduate Program in Media Arts and Technology (joint with College of Engineering)
  • Program in Medieval Studies
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Religious Studies
  • Renaissance Studies Program
  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Department of Theater and Dance
  • Writing Program

The Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences includes 14 academic departments and programs:

  • Graduate Program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering (joint with College of Engineering)
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Department of Earth Science
  • Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
  • Program in Environmental Studies
  • Program in Financial Mathematics and Statistics
  • Department of Geography
  • Graduate Program in Marine Science
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Department of Statistics and Applied Probability

The Division of Social Sciences includes 11 academic departments and programs:

  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Asian American Studies
  • Department of Black Studies
  • Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Feminist Studies
  • Global and International Studies Program
  • Department of Military Science
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Sociology


The college has about 700 faculty members engaged in teaching and research. The L&S faculty includes four Nobel Prize laureates and 29 members of the National Academy of Sciences.


Convergence is the magazine of Engineering and the Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. Sponsored by the College of Engineering, the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the College of Letters and Science, and the California NanoSystems Institute, Convergence was begun in early 2005 as a three-times-a-year print publication. It is available online and in print.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The College of Letters and Science". University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  2. ^ "About Convergence Online". University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

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