Current Students - Undergraduates

Students in 'la diaspora' take Puerto Rico relief efforts into own hands

November 7, 2017
On Saturday, L&S undergraduate Pablo Paredes will pack five suitcases full of 340 pounds of supplies — everything from solar kits and water filters to mosquito netting and cortisone cream — and check them on a flight to Puerto Rico. Once he arrives, he’ll load the suitcases into his uncle’s beat-up car and drive them into the mountains along winding roads to Casa Pueblo, a community-based relief organization in Adjuntas dedicated to supporting victims of Hurricane Maria.

Fed up, two UC Berkeley students launch tool to spot Twitter bots

October 31, 2017
Two UC Berkeley undergraduate computer science students are doing what they say Twitter won’t: sorting out and tagging the angry propaganda bots designed to undermine, destabilize and inflame American political discourse.

Berkeley economist leads petition drive to fight pervasive misogyny

October 31, 2017
A senior thesis by a UC Berkeley student raised eyebrows recently when the New York Times shared her findings that a popular website for those posting and seeking jobs in economics was rife with sexist and crude terminology. And Alice Wu’s work continues to reverberate, following word last week that more than 1,000 economics professors, lecturers and graduate student instructors across the country who teach economics signed a petition urging the American Economic Association (AEA) to institute a fact-based and moderated wiki to provide up-to-the-minute job market information.

UC Berkeley rated world's top public and fourth-best overall by U.S. News

October 24, 2017
UC Berkeley retains its standing as the world’s No. 1 public and fourth-best university overall in U.S. News & World Report’s latest global rankings.

L&S celebrates its new home at Homecoming

October 16, 2017
During this year’s homecoming weekend, L&S will mark the creation of its new home in the heart of campus.

Non-Divisional Majors of the College of Letters & Science

L&S Major Programs Administered through Other Schools and Colleges

In addition to the major programs administered through the College of Letters & Science's five divisions, L&S has agreements with several professional schools and colleges on campus for the following non-divisional undergraduate major programs:

Inside Rainbow Sign, a vibrant hub for black cultural arts

September 19, 2017
From the outside, Rainbow Sign didn’t look like much. Housed in a modest building it sat on the corner of Grove (now MLK Jr. Way) and Derby in Berkeley, a quiet, beige house with a tasteful, arched doorway. But on the inside was a vibrant black cultural arts center that drew cultural icons from across the country. The all-inclusive space caught the attention of UC Berkeley students Tessa Rissacher and Max Lopez. Together, they decided to go digging through archives to unearth the legacy of the multipurpose venue as part of a digital history project for an undergraduate seminar, taught by professor Scott Saul, on the city of Berkeley’s transformation in the late 1960s and 1970s.

College of L&S First Lecture Series from Golden Bear Orientation

September 14, 2017

This year, for the first time, the College of Letters & Science provided an academic welcome as part of the new student orientation. Great teachers from across the divisions presented in the "First Lecture Series" to enthusiastic crowds of new freshmen and transfer students. You can watch their lectures here.

UC offers guidance to DACA recipients

September 12, 2017
The University of California today (Sept. 12) sent a letter to the UC community containing guidance for students and other community members who are in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The letter, signed by UC President Janet Napolitano and all 10 UC chancellors, strongly urges DACA recipients whose permits are set to expire between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, to apply for a two-year renewal. Applications for renewal must be completed by Oct. 5, 2017.

Universities rush to add data science majors as demand explodes

September 5, 2017
In spring 2016, UC Berkeley’s first Foundations of Data Science course attracted around 300 students. This semester, nearly 1,000 have enrolled — and university officials are working to create a data science undergraduate major, the first new major for the College of Letters & Science in at least 16 years.