Majors

With over 125 majors to choose from, our undergraduates can easily find areas of study that align with their interests, academic skills and personal goals. Whether you land on something new or familiar, you’re sure to be excited by the many ways your future can begin to take shape.

Following is a list of all of the majors offered for undergraduates at UCLA. Most majors fall within the College of Letters and Science, but there are many in the professional schools, too. Let your curiosity lead the way as you explore your options and remember, there’s more than one path you can follow to end up with a successful and fulfilling career. 

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The College

The College brings together perspectives from many liberal arts fields to analyze issues, pose questions and train students to think and write creatively as well as critically. Students then concentrate on a particular field in depth. More than 100 majors are offered within four academic divisions: Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.

Applicants to the College will be asked to select a major of choice, although if you’re undecided, you can apply with an “undecided/undeclared” status.

African American Studies (B.A.)

African and Middle Eastern Studies (B.A.) [1]

American Indian Studies (B.A.)

American Literature and Culture (B.A.)

Ancient Near East and Egyptology (B.A.)

Anthropology (B.A.)

Anthropology (B.S.)

Arabic (B.A.)

Art History (B.A.)

Asian American Studies (B.A.)

Asian Humanities (B.A.)

Asian Languages and Linguistics (B.A.) new

Asian Religions (B.A.)

Asian Studies (B.A.) [1]

Astrophysics (B.S.)

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (B.S.)

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences/Mathematics (B.S.)

Biochemistry (B.S.)

Biology (B.S.) [2]

Biophysics (B.S.)

Business Economics (B.A.) [1,2,3]

Central and East European Languages and Cultures (B.A.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Chemistry/Materials Science (B.S.)

Chicana and Chicano Studies (B.A.)

Chinese (B.A.)

Classical Civilization (B.A.)

Climate Science (B.S.) new

Cognitive Science (B.S.) [1]

Communication (B.A.) [2,4]

Comparative Literature (B.A.)

Computational and Systems Biology (B.S.) [1]

Earth and Environmental Science (B.A.)

Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution (B.S.) [2]

Economics (B.A.) [1,2,3]

English (B.A.) [2]

Environmental Science (B.S.)

European Language and Transcultural Studies (B.A.) new

European Languages and Transcultural Studies with French and Francophone (B.A.)

European Languages and Transcultural Studies with German (B.A.)

European Languages and Transcultural Studies with Italian (B.A.)

European Languages and Transcultural Studies with Scandinavian (B.A.)

European Studies (B.A.) [1]

Gender Studies (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geography/Environmental Studies (B.A.)

Geology (B.S.)

Geology/Engineering Geology (B.S.)

Geophysics (B.S.)

Global Studies (B.A.) [1,2]

Greek (B.A.)

Greek and Latin (B.A.)

History (B.A.) [1]

Human Biology and Society (B.A.) [1]

Human Biology and Society (B.S.) [1,2]

International Development Studies (B.A.) [1,2]

Iranian Studies (B.A.)

Japanese (B.A.)

Jewish Studies (B.A.)

Korean (B.A.)

Labor Studies (B.A.) new

Latin (B.A.)

Latin American Studies (B.A.) [1]

Linguistics (B.A.)

Linguistics and Anthropology (B.A.)

Linguistics and Asian Languages and Cultures (B.A.)

Linguistics and Computer Science (B.A.)

Linguistics and English (B.A.)

Linguistics and French (B.A.)

Linguistics and Italian (B.A.)

Linguistics and Philosophy (B.A.)

Linguistics and Psychology (B.A.)

Linguistics and Scandinavian Languages (B.A.)

Linguistics and Spanish (B.A.)

Linguistics, Applied (B.A.)

Marine Biology (B.S.) [2]

Mathematics (B.S.) [1]

Mathematics, Applied (B.S.) [1]

Mathematics/Applied Science (B.S.) [1]

Mathematics, Data Theory (B.S.) [1] new

Mathematics/Economics (B.S.) [2]

Mathematics, Financial Actuarial (B.S) [2]

Mathematics for Teaching (B.S.) [1]

Mathematics of Computation (B.S.) [1]

Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (B.S.) [1,2]

Middle Eastern Studies (B.A.)

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (B.S.) [2]

Neuroscience (B.S.) [2]

Nordic Studies (B.A.) new

Philosophy (B.A.)

Physics (B.A.) [5]

Physics (B.S.)

Physiological Science (B.S.) [2]

Political Science (B.A.) [1,2]

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (B.A.)

Psychobiology (B.S.) [1,2]

Psychology (B.A.) [1,2]

Religion, Study of (B.A.)

Russian Language and Literature (B.A.)

Russian Studies (B.A.)

Sociology (B.A.) [1,2]

Spanish (B.A.)

Spanish and Community and Culture (B.A.)

Spanish and Linguistics (B.A.)

Spanish and Portuguese (B.A.)

Statistics (B.S.) [1]

Individual Field of Concentration (B.A./ B.S.) [5]

Undeclared [6]

  • Humanities
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences

1. Applicants are admitted to pre-major status until prerequisites are satisfactorily completed.
2. Transfer applicants should note that demand for this major significantly exceeds space available at the transfer level.
3. Transfer students who are admitted to a major outside the Department of Economics are not permitted to transfer into one of the economics majors.
4. Open to junior level applicants only (60 semester/90 quarter units completed by transfer).
5. Not open to entering students.
6. Only freshman level applicants may apply as undeclared.

School of the Arts and Architecture

The School of the Arts and Architecture is a highly regarded center for creative expression and research. The curriculum combines practical training in visual and performing mediums with a broad-based liberal arts education. Students enjoy a variety of opportunities to perform and exhibit on campus, and faculty that includes renowned visual artists and performers.

Applications to the School of Arts and Architecture are limited to the fall quarter and are reviewed for admission by the department to which you apply. This review includes a supplementary application process which, depending on the major, includes a portfolio review or an audition. Transfer applicants must complete lower-division preparation coursework specific to their intended majors.

Architectural Studies (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Dance (B.A.)

Design | Media Arts (B.A.)

World Arts and Cultures (B.A.)

Individual Field of Concentration in the Arts and Architecture (B.A.) *

* Not open to entering students

Samueli School of Engineering

The Samueli School of Engineering ranks among the top 10 engineering schools in the country. The school’s seven departments are structured to align with traditional specialties in the engineering profession. Undergraduate programs prepare students for immediate professional careers as well as for advanced studies in engineering or other fields.

Applications to the School of Engineering are reviewed for admission by the School. Transfer applicants must complete lower-division preparation coursework specific to their intended majors.

Aerospace Engineering (B.S.)

Bioengineering (B.S.)

Chemical Engineering (B.S.)

Civil Engineering (B.S.)

Computer Engineering (B.S.) new

Computer Science (B.S.)

Computer Science and Engineering (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering (B.S.)

Materials Engineering (B.S.)

Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

Undeclared — Engineering and Applied Science (open to freshman applicants only)

Herb Alpert School of Music

Established in 2016, the Herb Alpert School of Music is already recognized among the very best schools of music. The school offers majors formerly housed in the School of the Arts and in the College. Among its unique features, the School of Music offers a bachelor’s degree in music education together with a teaching certificate, as well as a master’s program in jazz that presents students with the opportunity to study with legends such as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA.

Applications to the Herb Alpert School of Music are limited to the fall quarter and are reviewed for admission by the department to which you apply. This review includes a supplementary application process which, depending on the major, includes a portfolio review or an audition. Transfer applicants must complete lower-division preparation coursework specific to their intended majors.

Ethnomusicology (B.A.)

Global Jazz Studies (B.A.)

Musicology (B.A.)

Music Composition (B.A.) [1]

Music Education (B.A.)

Music History and Industry (B.A.) [2]

Music Performance (B.M.) [1]

1. Students may declare the major effective Fall 2019
2. Students may declare the major effective Fall 2021

School of Nursing

The UCLA School of Nursing is ranked in the top 10 nationally and is internationally renowned for faculty research and publications. The prelicensure major is open to freshmen and a limited number of junior transfer applicants. Transfers must complete the necessary preparation for the major.

Applications to the School of Nursing are limited to the fall quarter, and are reviewed for admission by the department.

Nursing - Prelicensure (B.S.)

Luskin School of Public Affairs

The Luskin School of Public Affairs consists of three departments: Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning. The school offers one undergraduate major, three undergraduate minors, three master’s degrees, and two doctoral degrees.

The B.A. in Public Affairs gives students an in-depth and engaged educational experience with a clear public service ethos. Centered around a multidisciplinary foundation in the social sciences, this major puts an applied emphasis on knowledge and methods for improving society. It includes a required experiential learning capstone in the senior year, which connects the dots between theory and action.

Interested freshmen can select the pre-major through the College. All admitted freshmen pre-majors must apply for admission to the Luskin School of Public Affairs during the winter quarter of their sophomore year.

Public Affairs (B.A.)

School of Theater, Film and Television

One of the leading programs of its kind in the world, the School of Theater, Film and Television is unique in that it formally recognizes the close relationship among these media. From study of the ancient origins of traditional theater to avant-garde video and technologically advanced stage and film production, students develop analytic skills while acquiring applied knowledge and experience in their chosen fields.

Applications are limited to the fall quarter and are reviewed for admission by the department to which you apply. For Theater majors, this review may include an audition. Transfer applicants must complete lower-division preparation coursework specific to their intended majors.

Note: Due to recent changes to the Department of Theater curriculum, it is impossible for Theater majors to change their major to Film and Television at the end of the sophomore year.

Film and Television (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.) 

Individual Field of Concentration in Theater, Film and Television (B.A.) [1]

1. Not open to entering students.

Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies is reframing conversations on education and information studies from theory to practice. The UCLA Department of Education has been named the number one graduate school of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The Department is known as a leader in the study of urban education and the development and support of teachers and school leaders strongly committed to social justice.

The new B.A. in Education and Social Transformation prepares students to analyze current issues in education through a social justice lens and to emerge as effective advocates for positive change.

Students entering UCLA as first-year students as well as first-term transfer students who indicate Education and Social Transformation as their first-choice major on the general UC Application will be admitted as pre-majors. After completion of the lower-division prerequisites and 45 lower-division units, they may apply for admission to the major online.

Transfer applicants interested in the Education and Social Transformation major must meet the transfer preparation requirements and are admitted to the pre-major status.

Education and Social Transformation (B.A.) 

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