The College of Letters and Science is especially dedicated to creating and overseeing programs in the best tradition of a liberal arts education. Our courses encourage students to explore fascinating new worlds of knowledge and nurture the rich intellectual relationships between faculty members and students.
Hallmarks of a first-year L&S curriculum are the more than 100 small-group Freshman and Sophomore Seminars and the dozens of Discovery Courses taught by legendary Berkeley faculty. These teaching jewels offer undergraduates a great way to explore new and exciting fields of study.
Our academic enrichment programs serve students at every stage of their undergraduate careers, from the initial years of intellectual exploration through the process of finding and pursuing an in-depth academic focus.
Letters & Science Discovery Courses are an ideal way to satisfy the L&S breadth requirements. The outstanding faculty who teach them have designed their courses with non-majors in mind.
Letters & Science 1: An introduction to Liberal Arts. The course is designed specifically for first-year students, provides an overview of the intellectual landscape of the College.
Letters & Science 5: Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Organized in conjunction with the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, L&S 5 is designed for freshmen and sophomores who wish to learn about entrepreneurship and its role in bringing new ideas to market.
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are small, interactive courses for lower-division students who are eager to explore a topic of interest in the company of a Berkeley faculty member. We offer approximately 100 seminars each semester on a broad range of topics.
On the Same Page is an L&S program that brings together students and faculty members to discuss a thought-provoking book, work of art or theme. This year's theme is personalized medicine, facilitated by Professor Jasper Rine.
The Scholarship Connection administers the application process for several prestigious external scholarships (such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and Gates scholarships) and offers a clearinghouse for information on hundreds of other external scholarships.