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College of Letters and Science

College of Letters and Science, Cheadle Hall
Faculty and Administrative Affairs, Cheadle Hall 2217; Telephone: (805) 893-2145;
Undergraduate Education, Cheadle Hall 1117; Telephone: (805) 893-2038;
Executive Dean: Pierre Wiltzius
Dean, Division of Humanities and Fine Arts: John Majewski
Dean, Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences: Pierre Wiltzius
Dean, Division of Social Sciences: Charles R. Hale
Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education: Jeffrey Stopple

The College of Letters and Science is an innovative and diverse academic unit that offers some 80 majors and 38 minors to more than 19,000 undergraduates. Building on the great strength of its traditional disciplines, the college’s departments and programs provide exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry.

As the largest center of teaching, learning, and research on the UCSB campus, the college offers an environment of stimulating intellectual exchanges among senior faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. The curriculum encourages exploration and intellectual breadth through the completion of the General Education Program and provides depth through the acquisition of the analytical skills and methods of a specific academic discipline.

The college’s Division of Undergraduate Education, headed by the Dean of Undergraduate Education, offers academic advising and direction and is the home of the college’s Honors Program which program provides academic enrichment opportunities for highly motivated undergraduates. College advisors, including pre-professional advisors for students interested in the health sciences or law, and peer advisors meet with students individually and in groups, helping them to develop, assess, and fulfill their academic plans. Faculty members from diverse disciplines serve as associate deans and are available for consultation on a variety of academic matters.

Academic departments and programs form the core of the College of Letters and Science and are grouped into three divisions: Division of Humanities and Fine Arts; Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences; and Division of Social Sciences. These divisions foster intimate communities of scholars within the larger campus setting, and each academic department or program provides advising regarding the specifics of their majors or minors.