Engaging Humanities Learning Community Courses

Each Engaging Humanities Learning Community course is a small, 20-student class taught by two accomplished faculty members from UC Santa Barbara humanities disciplines. Learning Community courses count toward UC Santa Barbara’s General Education Writing Requirement, one of the special subject area requirements that must be fulfilled for graduation credit.

Learning Community courses are offered in the Summer Session B and Fall quarters. They are exclusively for students who have been named as Engaging Humanities Fellows. Click here for a list of current courses.

Faculty will create new Learning Community courses each year, and the courses cover exciting and important topics such as the environment, identity, and the media.

Students in Learning Community courses will:

  • connect their passions and commitments to humanities study

  • develop reading, writing, technology, and study skills that will support their success in college

  • develop communication and interpersonal skills to help them succeed at UCSB and in careers

  • begin developing electronic portfolios to help them find good jobs after college

  • receive mentoring from graduate students in the humanities who can help them navigate UC Santa Barbara


Engaging Humanities Fellows who declare majors in humanities disciplines after successfully completing Engaging Humanities Learning Community courses will continue to receive graduate mentoring and support for developing electronic portfolios free of charge throughout their time at UC Santa Barbara.