Tuesday, September 1, 2015

UCSB's College of Letters & Science offers courses in 29 different languages. In addition to French, Spanish and Latin, the college has classes in Persian, Arabic, Catalan, Sanskrit, and many more! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

UCSB Linguistics PhD Student Daniel Hieber receives check from UC President Janet Napolitano

UCSB Linguistics Ph.D. student Daniel Hieber is the second-place finisher in the inaugural UC Grad Slam in Oakland.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

headshot of K. Janowicz

The Plous Memorial Award is the highest honor granted by the College of Letters and Science to an assistant professor.

2014-15 Plous recipient Krzysztof Janowicz (Geography) delivered a public lecture on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 / 4:00 pm / McCune Conference Room (HSSB) / on Exploring the Data Universe with Semantic Signatures.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BioMentors - Making Learning Social

The BioMentors program is a new approach to science education that engages students and faculty in more interactive ways than traditional lectures and labs.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Helping Incarcerated Youth Re-Examine Their Own Odysseys

"To have a voice is to have a choice," says theater and dance’s Michael Morgan. He produces The Odyssey Project, an outreach program at UCSB where incarcerated youths and undergraduates collaborate to perform their own version of Homer's "Odyssey."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Beyond the Classroom

Under faculty mentorship and in many cases with the added bonus of an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) grant, 200 students participated in the most recent Undergraduate Research Colloquium.


Aug 31

UC Santa Barbara has been named the top computer science school in the United States based on salary earnings. Compensation specialist PayScale ranked 187 colleges and universities based on median mid-career salary of computer science alumni, with UCSB coming out on top. On average, graduates of the program earn $71,000 at the beginning of their careers and $147,000 in the middle of their careers. 

Aug 26

Eduardo Pacheco, a freshman Political Science major, was a recipient of the Marguerite Casey Foundation's 2015 Sargeant Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty award. Pacheco, who grew up in East Los Angeles and was expelled in the seventh grade for bringing a weapon to school, rose to become a student leader and to eventually earn acceptance to UCSB. The award recognizes 12 high school students across the United States for their vision, passion and dedication to improving the lives of families in their communities. 

Aug 25

Washington Monthly magazine has once again named UC Santa Barbara as one of its top colleges in the publication's National Universities Rankings. The rankings eschew the idea that the best colleges are exclusive and expensive and instead examine which schools offer the best value to incoming students using measures like social mobility, research, and service. UC Santa Barbara is ranked number 14 this year, as well as earning a number 17 ranking in the magazine's "Best Bang for the Buck" list. 

Aug 19
Finance site NerdWallet has named UC Santa Barbara one of the top ten best U.S. colleges for business majors. The site used metrics such as affordability, prestige, how much debt students graduate with, and median salary to determine which schools offer "the best return on your investment." Out of the 358 universities serveyed, UCSB was number eight. 

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