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Here are the most popular majors at UCSB:

1. Experimental Psychology at University of California-Santa Barbara

What is an Experimental Psychology major?

A program that focuses on the scientific study of behavior under experimental conditions and the analysis of controlled behavioral responses. Includes instruction in learning theory, research design and experimental methods, psychological measurement, statistical design and methods, analysis of cognitive and behavioral variables, and the conduct of specialized and large-scale studies.

Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2014-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at University of California-Santa Barbara has risen from 0 to 503 graduates over 2014-2015.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 280.0% overall in the last five years, from 0.5 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 1.9 completions per 10k in 2015.

2. Sociology at University of California-Santa Barbara

 

What is a Sociology Major?

A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

 

Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at University of California-Santa Barbara has fallen 24.7% overall, from 9.29% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 6.99% in 2015.

Sociology hit an all time high in 2012 with 10.10% of total completions and an all time low in 1985 with 1.39% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has fallen 3.4% overall in the last five years, from 38.2 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 36.9 completions per 10k in 2015.

3. Communication at University of California-Santa Barbara

 

What is a Communication major?

A program that focuses on the comprehensive study of communication, and that spans the study of mass communication/media studies, old and new media technologies, social and political applications, and speech communication and rhetoric. Includes instruction in interpersonal, group, organizational, and intercultural communication; theories of communication; critical thinking, argumentation, and persuasion; written communication; printed, electronic, and digital media; rhetorical tradition and criticism; media, society, and culture; consequences and effects of mass media; media social science and criticism; and quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry.

 

Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined From 2014-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at University of California-Santa Barbara has fallen 6.5% overall, from 6.17% in 2014 to 5.75% in 2015.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 111.1% overall in the last five years, from 4.5 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 9.5 completions per 10k in 2015.

4. International/Global Studies at University of California-Santa Barbara

 

What is an International/Global Studies major?

A program that focuses on global and international issues from the perspective of the social sciences, social services, and related fields.

 

Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Been Relatively Stable Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at University of California-Santa Barbara has hovered around 5.29% overall over the five years prior to 2015.

International/Global Studies hit an all time high in 2014 with 5.60% of total completions and an all time low in 2003 with 4.42% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools exhibits an overall upward linear trend, growing at a rate of about 1.1 completions per 10k total graduates every year.

5. Econometrics and Quantitative Economics at University of California-Santa Barbara

What is an Econometrics and Quantitative Economic major?

A program that focuses on the systematic study of mathematical and statistical analysis of economic phenomena and problems. Includes instruction in economic statistics, optimization theory, cost/benefit analysis, price theory, economic modeling, and economic forecasting and evaluation.

 

Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at University of California-Santa Barbara has risen 1,566.7% overall, from 0.27% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 4.96% in 2015.

Econometrics and Quantitative Economics hit an all time high in 2015 with 4.96% of total completions and an all time low in 2006 with 0.08% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 166.7% overall in the last five years, from 0.3 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 0.8 completions per 10k in 2015.

6. Political Science and Government at University of California-Santa Barbara

 

What is a Political Science and Government major?

A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.

 

Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Been Relatively Stable Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at University of California-Santa Barbara has hovered around 4.56% overall over the five years prior to 2015.

Political Science and Government hit an all time high in 2011 with 5.20% of total completions and an all time low in 2001 with 2.04% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has fallen 18.1% overall in the last five years, from 51.5 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 42.2 completions per 10k in 2015.

7. Environmental Studies at University of California-Santa Barbara

 

What is a Environmental Studies major?

A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

 

Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at University of California-Santa Barbara has risen 44.4% overall, from 2.72% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.91% in 2015. This number seems to be stabilizing, however, with percentage of total completions remaining relatively constant over the year prior to 2015.

Environmental Studies hit an all time high in 2013 with 4.11% of total completions and an all time low in 2008 with 1.50% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools exhibits an overall upward linear trend, growing at a rate of about 0.8 completions per 10k total graduates every year.

8. Biology/Biological Sciences at University of California-Santa Barbara

 

What is a Biology/Biological Sciences major?

A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

 

Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at University of California-Santa Barbara has risen 37.0% overall, from 2.71% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.71% in 2015.

Biology/Biological Sciences hit an all time high in 2015 with 3.71% of total completions and an all time low in 2001 with 1.25% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 10.8% overall in the last five years, from 74.4 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 82.4 completions per 10k in 2015.

9. English Language and Literature at University of California-Santa Barbara

 

What is an English Language and Literature Major?

A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

 

Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at University of California-Santa Barbara has fallen 17.5% overall, from 3.96% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.30% in 2015. This number seems to be stabilizing, however, with percent of total completions remaining relatively constant over the year prior to 2015.

English Language and Literature hit an all time high in 2003 with 4.68% of total completions and an all time low in 1984 with 1.25% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has fallen 18.5% overall in the last five years, from 58.9 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 48.0 completions per 10k in 2015.

10. Economics at University of California-Santa Barbara

 

What is an Economics major?

A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

 

Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at University of California-Santa Barbara has risen 190.9% overall, from 1.09% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.15% in 2015. This number seems to be stabilizing, however, with percentage of total completions remaining relatively constant over the year prior to 2015.

Economics hit an all time high in 2014 with 3.26% of total completions and an all time low in 2000 with 0.39% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 5.3% overall in the last five years, from 37.4 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 39.4 completions per 10k in 2015.


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