Student Overview


Student Overview

Our students are creative, driven, entrepreneurial, curious, adventurous, collegial, ambitious, empathetic, inventive, resourceful, daring, enthusiastic, independent, studious, artistic, and hard-working.

The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at UC Santa Barbara offers diverse degree programs that let students pursue their passions. Graduates go on to successful and gratifying careers.

A Student Perspective: Humanities & Fine Arts majors discuss their experiences at UCSB.

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HFA programs range from traditional areas that have been at the heart of a liberal arts education for thousands of years, such as Classics, History, and Philosophy, to programs that are redefining the university in the 21st century, such as Media Arts and Technology.

Our departments and programs focus on the intellectual, historical, and artistic traditions of cultures throughout the world and the modes of expression and representation that have given them voice and form.

I feel prepared for what I’m going to do after school... I definitely am able to express ideas effectively and speak dynamically.
— Jacob Weeks, History Major

Undergraduate Study

Undergraduate Study


UC Santa Barbara is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked number 8 among the top 30 public universities in the nation. 

In the College of Letters and Science, we offer dozens of majors and minors, giving undergraduates remarkable opportunities to study the many and varied traditions that have shaped our world; learn about the remarkable ethnic diversity in our multicultural state and our global society; or master skills in new media. Learn about our interdisciplinary approach to education as well as the tremendous opportunities we offer, including Study Abroad and the UC Washington Center Program

We have especially strong programs in the arts and humanities, offering twenty-nine undergraduate degrees and including hundreds of exciting courses taught by nationally- and internationally-renowned faculty. Our students graduate with a breadth of knowledge and a host of skills and go on to pursue successful and rewarding careers in a wide array of fields from law to medicine to the film and television industry. 

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Graduate Study

Graduate Study

In addition to strong undergraduate programs, we offer twenty-eight programs of graduate study. Arts and Humanities graduate students undergo rigorous professional training that prepares them for careers in academia, the arts, public and cultural institutions, and related fields.

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Internationally-recognized scholars and artists teach graduate students and advance their fields with innovative research, publications, and creative activity that preserve our traditions and map new fields of study.