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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

Pursue your degree at one of 15 academic departments at LSE ranging from finance to government, law, international relations, and social psychology alongside top students from all over the world.

Unique study opportunities

  • Examine the politics of America as a world power from an international perspective.
  • Gain the tools to understand what it takes to be a leader across a variety of business models and organizations.
  • Analyze international law standards and current debates in human rights, justice, and freedom.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four year-long courses (or an equivalent combination of term and year-long courses) for a total of 32 semester UC units.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load on a pass/no pass basis.

Current Program Courses

As a General Course student, you are assigned to one of 15 academic departments at LSE. These departments include:

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Economic History
  • Economics
  • Geography and Environment
  • Government
  • International History
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Statistics

In addition, you may choose courses from the Finance, Languages, and Social Psychology departments. While you are assigned to a particular department, you may study any combination of undergraduate courses across LSE academic departments. Your LSE department does not need to reflect your UC major.

Catalogs and resources

  • LSE course guides: See an A-Z list of courses by topic. Tip: in the UK, “course” typically refers to the degree or major and “modules” refer to individual classes.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

There is much that you will find unfamiliar in the British academic system. The pace and the amount of direction you will receive will be different. Rather than receiving a syllabus detailing what to read for each class, expect to simply receive a long reading list. This list will constitute the material of the course and you will likely need to find your own way through the reading. Tutors and lecturers may give some guidance about what will be covered in a certain class meeting, but they may also assume that you are familiar with the works on the list. It helps to ask questions about reading, background knowledge, and the like.

Faculty members, most often called lecturers (professor is a rare title held only by the head of a department or the holder of a chair), can frequently be found in their offices, but they are not generally required to hold specific office hours. Like their UC counterparts, some are readily available, some elusive.

You will have to adapt to the relative infrequency of class meetings. Classes typically meet once a week. Although you will spend less time in class, this does not mean less work. You will be expected to learn more independently. Since most classes meet infrequently, each class meeting is extremely important; come to class prepared and expect to participate when appropriate.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades are usually available in July.