Tuesday, March 8, 2016


The College of Letters & Science offers more than 80 majors across disciplines. We are leaders in diverse educational experiences. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


UCSB's location, perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, can't be beat. We encourage students to work hard and enjoy their stunning surrundings. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Many of our students have the opportunity to do hands-on research with a professor or graduate student, giving them practical knowledge and skills that take them beyond the classroom. 

Monday, March 7, 2016


Every undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara will take at least one course in the College of Letters & Science. Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts -- our students do it all! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Our students are engaged, curious, and passionate. Many of them use their time at UCSB to explore creative endeavors. We nurture artistic talent alongside academic excellence. 


Apr 29

Professor of history Paul Sonnino lays out his case for solving a 350-year-old mystery in his latest book, “The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask: A Historical Detective Story” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Using what he calls “radical empiricism,” Sonnino walks the reader through reams of correspondence, official records and his own ups and downs as he recounts his sleuthing.  

According to Sonnino, the mysterious man was Eustache Dauger, the valet of the treasurer of the late Cardinal Mazarin, who had been principal minister of France during Louis XIV’s childhood and youth, and who had accumulated a huge fortune, some of which he even passed on to the king himself.

Apr 26

It’s not every day you get a mountain named in your honor. But UC Santa Barbara’s Bruce Luyendyk, a professor emeritus of earth science, can claim exactly that rare accolade. Mount Luyendyk, as the peak is now known, is situated in Antarctica’s remote Fosdick Mountains, a place the tectonics expert knows well from his years conducting field research there. Its new name was proposed by two of his former graduate students. 

Apr 21

Walter Kohn, founding director of what is today named the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara and 1998 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of the density functional theory, passed away on April 19. Professor Kohn will be dearly missed by our entire UC Santa Barbara family.

In a 2014 video and article by the UCSB Office of Public Affairs and Communications, Nobel laureate Kohn recalled life under the Austrian Nazi regime, the death of his parents at Auschwitz, and the good people who rescued him. Read "We Would Be Separated, Quite Likely Forever."

Apr 13

With a grant from NASA, assistant professor of Geography Timothy DeVries is using satellite data and oceanographic observations to construct models that address substantial uncertainties in how the ocean’s biological pump operates and how it responds to climate change. The three-year grant is part of NASA’s New (Early Career) Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science. 

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