The Department of Art offers a dynamic and challenging learning environment that emphasizes interdisciplinary research as well as artistic production.
The Department of Classics explores all aspects of Greek and Roman culture -- the fountainhead of the Western experience.
The Department of Comparative Literature takes a global approach to the study of literature, crossing national and cultural boundaries -- from ancient to modern times.
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is dedicated to the study of the civilizations of China, Japan, and Korea in all their richness and diversity.
The Department of English offers a curriculum that traverses historical eras and global boundaries to explore various literatures and critical approaches to them.
The Department of Film and Media Studies is the place for those with a passion for the large screen and the small screen.
The study of French or Italian is an intellectual adventure that leads to the core of Western civilization.
“As many languages as one speaks, as many times one is a human being.” ~German Philosopher Franz Rosenzweig
History teaches a way of thinking, a way of questioning, and a way of wondering about the world -- because the past is never really fixed.
The Department of History of Art and Architecture stresses global perspectives and intercultural exchanges, augmenting its long-established strengths in European and Non-Western creative traditions.
The Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies examines the people and cultures of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries throughout the world.
The Department of Linguistics is on the cutting edge of scholarship in a field that seeks explanations for language as a fundamental human activity.
Media Arts and Technology is a transdisciplinary graduate program that fuses emergent media, computer science, engineering, electronic music and digital art research, practice, production, and theory.
The Department of Music is a leader in its field, training distinguished scholars as well as prize-winning composers and performers.
The Department of Philosophy explores the frontiers of today’s philosophical research as well as the history of philosophy, spanning thousands of years.
The Department of Religious Studies is the largest such department in the University of California system, and one of the most diverse in the world.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is devoted to the literatures, cultures, and languages of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.
The Department of Theater and Dance encourages creative self-expression and critical thinking via intensive, conservatory-style training for actors and dancers.
The Writing Program approaches writing as a living practice that evolves and adapts itself across the range of human endeavor to meet society’s needs.
The CPLI is an exciting, integrated, four-course program dedicated to leadership through effective communication and is linked to UCSB’s Public Speaking Initiative.
The English for Multilingual Students Program offers courses for undergraduate and international graduate students for whom English is not the first language.
Our Jewish Studies program is particularly strong in the study of Judaism, including the languages and literatures of the Jewish people, Holocaust, trauma and memory studies, and 20th-century Jewish critical thought.
Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores the many cultures of the European and Middle Eastern Middle Ages from the viewpoints of history, literature, religious studies, drama, art, and music.
The Public Speaking Initiative is designed to foster creative collaboration in civic as much as civil dialogue, and offers courses in effective public speaking to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.
Renaissance Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major that offers students an opportunity to study one of the most exciting periods of Western European history, that time when the structures of art, literature, music, religion, and political life underwent profound change.
Workshops, performances, coaching, & scene studies for Santa Barbara County Public Schools, Grades 2 - 12. Sponsored by HFA and the Bren School in association with the Department of Theater & Dance.
The Art, Design & Architecture Museum both a teaching museum, committed to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy, and a resource for the wider Santa Barbara community.
The non-partisan, non-sectarian Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life promotes discussion of how ethical teachings and values relate to civic life and is committed to the principle that public dialogue and an informed and engaged citizenry are vital to democratic society.
The Carsey-Wolf Center supports research, teaching, and public programming about media, fostering informed dialogue, critical skills, historical understanding, and new forms of literacy for a global and interconnected world.
The Confucius Institute promotes educational exchanges and cooperation with Chinese universities, working to strengthen and support China Studies.
The EAC welcomes all scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, artists, writers and other people interested in East Asian cultures to exchange ideas across disciplinary boundaries and across the academy and the community.
The Environmental Humanities Initiative, composed of faculty and students from across the arts and humanities who focus on a range of environmental issues, represents our campus’s unprecedented commitment to the environmental humanities.
The IHC provides research funding to faculty and graduate students, sponsors lectures, seminars and conferences, and mounts year-long public programs.