Guide Your Education
Does your major have you musing? Whether you want to declare a major, change a major, or explore careers that relate to a major, there is a lot to discover about your future. Even more than just majors, available minors, academic programs, and specialized certificates at UCSB provide an eclectic mix of options to prepare for your goals.
We've simplified this process down to a few key steps. Use this page to launch into Majors and Beyond, including common outcomes to consider along the way.
Looking to discover the essentials of exploration, no matter your major? Make sure to check out our Career Exploration page.
Learn About Majors
Exploring Major Options
Deciding on a major can be an important and potentially difficult decision to make. Along with choosing to attend UCSB for your college education, your choice of major may be one of the most significant decisions of your life so far.
Each major at UCSB is housed within an academic department, which is typically housed within a division, which is housed within a college within the university. Specifically, UCSB comprises three colleges which provide entry points to admission:
As you get started in exploring your major options, you can begin learning about the majors offered at UCSB through the below resources:
Undergraduate Major Directory
Academic Department Websites
Review the official list of undergraduate majors within each college at UCSB, approved by the Office of the Registrar. Pay special attention to course requirements.
Browse the directory of department websites associated with any major at UCSB. Get familiar with the resources, staff, faculty, and career-related information as available.
Understanding Emphases and Concentrations
Some majors at UCSB offer an emphasis or concentration in a specific aspect of the major. These options can help you customize your studies within the major and offer an additional talking point when describing your studies to future employers and graduate programs.
It may be worth considering that a concentration does not appear on your transcript or diploma from UCSB, whereas an emphasis appears on your transcript but not your diploma. Information does not have to appear on these official documents in order for you to describe your academics to future employers and graduate programs, but it does add validity for potential verification purposes.
Connecting With Academic Departments
One of the most useful ways to learn about majors at UCSB is to connect with the academic departments that offer majors within your interests. You can receive email announcements from an academic department’s listserv, which is typically sent out multiple times per week by a department’s Undergraduate Advisor.
Information in email listserves often include course updates, jobs/internships, or upcoming events. To request access, contact the Undergraduate Advisor for an academic department you are considering a major within and ask if you can be added to the listserv.
Undergraduate Advisors within academic departments at UCSB can also help answer specific questions about majors, as related to signing up for courses, establishing academic plans, and other steps for success in completing the major requirements.
When you are ready to learn more, it can be very helpful to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor in the department that offers a major you are considering.