Humanists and artists are like code-breakers. They study messages in language, literature, art, music, history, philosophy, and religion in order to create these messages and to understand how others create and interpret them. By studying humanities, UCSB students will build valuable skills and abilities that are useful in a wide range of professions. UCSB humanities graduates work as technical writers, chief operating officers of biometrics companies, policy analysts, music and dance therapists, directors of communication for large corporations, and more.
UC Santa Barbara offers 22 undergraduate degrees in humanities-related fields. These include Philosophy, Film and Media Studies, History, Classics, English, and a minor in Professional Writing.
When joining the Engaging Humanities Initiative, the students will work closely with expert UCSB humanities faculty members and graduate students in small courses. They will build their knowledge and practice with competencies associated with career success through course assignments, discussions, and activities. Engaging Humanities Fellows also will compile electronic portfolios that they can use to demonstrate their mastery to employers and graduate schools.
Oral and written communication
Students will develop their understandings of people, texts, cultures, and societies through extensive analytical reading, writing, and speaking. Students will create "academic" texts, and they will also create texts associated with non-academic settings like memos, reports, letters, and resumes.
Critical thinking and problem solving
Students will analyze the historical roots of, current status of, and future possibilities for social and political issues. This analysis takes place through reading and writing about original texts, analyses of these texts by others, and the application of ideas.
Teamwork and collaboration
Students will learn to interpret experience from multiple perspectives and to understand others from their perspectives. These abilities contribute to the ability to collaborate with others and form effective teams.
Students will study and build on experience with people from backgrounds different from their own, as well as learn more about their own backgrounds. This contributes to students' abilities as informed, inclusive, and respectful citizens.