College of Letters & Science

Photo of students from Berkeley's College of Letters & Science

The home of the liberal arts at Berkeley, the College of Letters & Science (L&S) is the largest of the university’s 14 schools and colleges and the most prestigious teaching and research unit in the UC system. L&S encompasses more than half of the campus’s faculty, three-quarters of its undergraduate students, and half of its Ph.D. candidates. The college offers more than 80 departmental majors as well as vast opportunities to study and conduct research both within and outside of the traditional disciplines. L&S is organized into five divisions: Arts & Humanities, Biological Sciences, Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Undergraduate Studies.

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Three alums win MacArthur “genius” awards

Alumni Viet Thanh Nguyen (a writer and cultural critic), Trevor Paglen (a conceptual artist and geographer), and Yuval Sharon (an opera director and producer) were among the 24 amazing Americans revealed in October 2017 as winners of the MacArthur. The coveted award is conferred to people whose work shows exceptional creativity and the promise of important future advances. 

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A new home for L&S

Thanks to the support of alumna Judy Webb, L&S unveiled the new front door of Dwinelle Hall, as well as signage on the historic plaza between Dwinelle and Durant Halls, as the college’s permanent home — a visible way to celebrate its long-term service to so many UC Berkeley degree holders. 

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