The intellectual heart of UC Berkeley, the College of Letters and Science is the largest of the university’s 14 colleges and schools and the most prestigious teaching and research unit in the UC system. L&S encompasses more than half of the campus’s faculty, three-quarters of its undergraduate students, and half of its Ph.D. candidates.
The College takes students on the academic adventure of a lifetime by exposing them to a vibrant, broad-based liberal arts education at the highest level of excellence. Our students engage in dialogue with the world’s best teachers and its most distinguished researchers and scholars. Together they participate in projects at the forefront of science, solve pressing social problems, create art, explore diverse values and cultures, and seek answers to the biggest questions of our times.
L&S offers students a choice of more than 80 departmental majors as well as vast opportunities to study and conduct research both within and outside of the traditional disciplines. By encouraging students to pursue their curiosity in a multitude of areas, the College of Letters and Science sets its graduates on a lifelong path of learning and personal growth.
The College is organized into five divisions: