Divisions & Units - Undergraduate Studies

From Cambodia’s killing fields to commencement at UC Berkeley

May 4, 2018

As a girl, L&S senior Chansitha Ouk didn’t go to school. Born in Cambodia during the civil war between the Cambodian government and the Khmer Rouge, Ouk grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand. But on Saturday, May 12, she will join more than 5,000 graduating seniors at UC Berkeley as they make their joyous walk across the Greek Theatre stage — a feat she never dreamed possible.

L&S Units A-Z

The College of Letters & Science supports an impressive array of learning opportunities, evident in the departments, programs, centers, majors, minors, and instructional support units below.

Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies

Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies (UGIS) in Undergraduate Studies in the College of Letters & Science (L&S) serves as a center for innovations in undergraduate education that extend beyond traditional departmental boundaries. Our major and minor programs attract undergraduates who wish to explore the most intellectually engaging and promising interdisciplinary fields under the direction of scholars who are pioneers in charting these new areas and methods of inquiry.

Undergraduate Studies

Bob JacobsenThe Division of Undergraduate Studies, serving approximately 19,000 students at UC Berkeley, is led by Dean Bob Jacobsen, a professor of physics.  He oversees the division's undergraduate advising, student policy, interdisciplinary major programs, and academic enrichment programs serving both L&S and the campus as a whole.

Academic Enrichment Programs & Courses

URAP

Athena Trakadas, a URAP Summer Stipend recipient, at an excavation site in Greece with her faculty mentor, Professor Stephen Miller.

Cal Museums: The Public, the Cryptic, the Pioneering

April 20, 2018
You may be aware that UC Berkeley has an impressive number of libraries (32 to be exact), but did you know that there are 12 museums/collections associated with the university as well? Many of these museums have curators who are also faculty in the College of Letters & Science, and many of our students end up working or volunteering with these collections. Cal Day is tomorrow (April 21), so in preparation, let’s take a look at what some of these hidden gems have to offer!

Council of Undergraduate Deans

The Council of Undergraduate Deans is an advisory group to the executive vice chancellor and provost, chaired by the dean of Undergraduate Studies. The council plays a central planning role for undergraduate education, with particular attention to issues and policies that cut across the colleges and professional schools. This group consists of the most senior administrator in charge of undergraduate programs in each of the five colleges and in those professional schools that have at least one undergraduate program.

Dance and art, meet business: You're more alike than you think

March 14, 2018
When Kelly Chou, a freshman chemistry major, started at UC Berkeley last semester, she felt overwhelmed. She was taking all STEM classes and she was missing an outlet for her risk-taking, creative side. After participating in a design-a-thon in Jacobs Hall, she realized she needed a course where she could break out of the rigid structure of her undergraduate chemistry courses. So she enrolled in Collaborative Innovation, a Big Ideas course in the College of Letters and Science, and found just what she was looking for.

L&S Entrepreneurship Initiative

Entrepreneurship Opportunities in the College of Letters & Science

In this Berkeley seminar, knowledge begins with 'I don't know'

December 13, 2017
It’s easy to know what you think, but it’s much harder to know why you think it. That’s the credo that guides Berkeley Law lecturer Alan Pomerantz when he teaches his undergraduate seminar, Current Political and Moral Conflicts and the U.S. Constitution. It’s a course designed to push students to their limits, challenging them to think critically about controversial topics, from abortion rights to the First Amendment.