Advising Clusters

“Advising Clusters” are groups of majors to help exploratory students identify potential majors at UC Santa Cruz. New frosh may, on their application for admission, identify an advising cluster if they are not ready to identify a "proposed major." Students are expected to move from an advising cluster to a “proposed” major by the end of the first year, and must be formally qualified for and declared in a major by the end of the sophomore year. 

The links to the left and below provide information about initial placement and first year courses for majors in each cluster. More complete information about the requirements for each major is in the UCSC General Catalog

If you're interested in BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS: Consider these majors: economics; business management economics; global economics; or the combined major in economics & mathematics.

If you're interested in EDUCATION or a teaching career you may select from a wide variety of majors. A major in science education is offered; a mathematics major with a concentration in mathematics education is offered; and minors are available in education or in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

If you're interested in ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, SCIENCE, AND SUSTAINABILITY: Consider these majors: chemistry (with a concentration in environmental chemistry); Earth sciences (with a concentration in environmental geology, geology, ocean sciences, or planetary sciences); ecology and evolution; environmental sciences; environmental studies; marine biology; plant sciences; or in combined majors between environmental studies and biology, earth sciences, or economics. A minor in sustainability studies is also available.

If you're interested in HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY: Consider these majors: anthropology; cognitive science; community studies; critical race and ethnic studies; feminist studies; Latin American & Latino studies; legal studies; politics; psychology; or sociology.

If you're interested in LANGUAGES, LITERATURE AND COMMUNICATIONS: Consider these majors: applied linguistics and multilingualism; literature; linguistics; language studies (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish); and inter-disciplinary studies with a particular focus in a language: classical studies; Italian studies; Jewish studies; Latin American and Latino studies; and Spanish studies.

If you're interested in LIBERAL ARTS AND AREA STUDIES: Consider these majors: classical studies; critical race and ethnic studies; feminist studies; history; history of art and visual culture; Italian studies; Jewish studies; Latin American and Latino studies; philosophy; and Spanish studies. These majors focus on a particular area and include perspectives on relevant history, literature and social structures.

If you're interested in LIFE AND HEALTH SCIENCES: Consider these majors: biology; cognitive science; ecology and evolution; human biology; molecular cellular and developmental biology; marine biology; plant sciences; neuroscience; and science education. 

If you're interested in PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATH: Consider these majors: applied physics; chemistry; biochemistry and molecular biology; Earth sciences; environmental sciences; mathematics; physics; physics (astrophysics); and science education.

If you're interested in VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AND MEDIA: Consider these majors: art; art and design: games and playable media; film and digital media; history of art and visual culture; music; and theater arts.

If you're interested in a major offered by the BASKIN SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, see the information on their website. Incoming students cannot specify a cluster in this area, but instead must be proposed in a major from the very beginning.

Updated for frosh entering in the 2019-2020 academic year