Divisions & Units - Undergraduate Studies

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.

Global film project elevates the ordinary

November 29, 2017
While an undergraduate at UC Berkeley in 2002, David Harris came up with the idea to record a day in an ordinary person’s life and share their specialness. Almost 15 years later, the Global Lives Project launched by Harris includes 20 videos of individuals from every corner of the world, ranging from a college student in Tokyo and a traveling clown in Spain, to a Vietnamese sand barge worker and a train attendant in China as they go about 24 consecutive hours in their lives.

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.

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.

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.

New eight-day Golden Bear Orientation starts Tuesday

August 9, 2017

Two years in the making, an ambitious program to introduce all 9,500 incoming students to UC Berkeley launches next Tuesday, Aug. 15. Golden Bear Orientation — eight jam-packed days of training sessions, ice breakers, tours and academic programming — is expected to be the largest orientation of its kind at a U.S. university, in terms of the number of students participating.

Golden Bear Orientation Welcomes New Bears to Berkeley

August 15, 2017

Supported in part by the College of Letters & Science Advisory Board and College Leadership Fund donors, an ambitious program to introduce all 9,500 incoming students to UC Berkeley launches Tuesday, Aug. 15. Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) — eight jam-packed days of training sessions, ice breakers, tours and academic programming — is expected to be the largest orientation of its kind at a U.S. university, in terms of the number of students participating.