Undergraduate Research

Opportunities for undergraduate students to experience advanced research firsthand can enroll for units in Independent Studies (ARTHI 199 or 199RA) and/or undertake writing an Honors Thesis.

"Look who I 'Met!" - Noelle Barr (B.A. History of Art & Architecture, 2021) researching the drawing "Niccolò Paganini (1784–1840)," c. 1830, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (Metropolitan Museum of Art, #43.85.10)ARTHI 199 Independent Studies

With faculty guidance advanced upper division students (minimum 3.0 GPA) write an individual research paper on a topic of their interest.

ARTHI 199RA Undergraduate Research Assistance

ARTHI 199RA offers an opportunity to assist a faculty member with his or her current research project. Topic, number credits, amount of time, and outcome are determined jointly by the faculty member and student. Either speak with a faculty member with whom you would like to work or consult the list of ongoing research projects on the directory of the Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP)  Link opens in a new window at UCSB.

Honors Thesis Project

With faculty guidance, advanced upper division students (minimum 3.0 overall; 3.5 major GPA) write an extended research paper. This is a two quarter project, intended as a transition into graduate school, culminating in a c. 20-page research paper suitable for use as a writing sample. Students pursuing an honors thesis also have the following opportunities:

Visit the Department Honors Program for more information on admission to the Program and submitting an Honors Thesis.