Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Advising

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Contact Claudia Castaneda, Student Affairs Coordinator, claudiacastaneda@ucsb.edu.

The Student Affairs Coordinator is available to meet with students who are interested in pursuing the Feminist Studies major/minor or LGBTQ Studies minor in person or via Zoom though most questions can be answered via a few email exchanges. Some walk-in appointments are available, and appointments are encouraged. Advising sessions run from 15 to 30 minutes.

After a student’s initial visit, the student will be added to the departmental e-mail list serve - it is the source for all departmental communication including Feminist Studies sponsored events, courses, information on registration, commencement, research and internship opportunities, and paid work. If a student is dropped from the list serve inadvertently or due to U-mail quota overages, resubscribe by emailing the advisor.

Semi-regular advising sessions are a good idea to track a student’s progress in the major or minor. In addition to major and minor petitions, students will need to meet with the advisor for signatures and/or assistance on the following forms: proposed schedule for graduation, EAP applications, course substitution, proposal for independent study, honors program application, Feminist Studies/LGBTQ Studies Research Community application, late/retro add, late/retro drop, and exception to independent study regulations.

Peer Advisors are also available in-person at certain times of the week (subject to change each quarter). Appointments are highly encouraged but not required for peer advisors. 

Their email is femst-peeradvisors@ucsb.edu.

Peer Advisor Hours:

M: 10-12 pm, 1-5 pm

T: 9-11 am, 3-5 pm

W: 10-12 pm, 2-4 pm

R: 1-3 pm

F: N/A

Helpful Undergraduate Resources at UCSB:

GPA Calculator 
A handy Grade-Point Average (GPA) Calculator provided by the College of Letters and Science.  
Links to various online resources and student services.
Education Abroad Program
Information about UCSB's Education Abroad Program (EAP).
Information about the UC Washington Program


Helpful Prospective Student Resources:

If you're considering UC Santa Barbara as a freshman or as a transfer student, this is the place to start.
Comprehensive articulation agreements between community colleges and four-year institutions.


Open Education Database
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