But to actual fulfill those units "in different ways," it's not difficult unless you take medium to above average loads?
Edit- whoops. Well, hmm. I misread what you typed at first. Basically, to what extent can one use non classes, what are the possible non classes one can use, and how tough would it be with just classes?
You can take the freshman cluster to fufill 1/3 of the GEs at UCLA, and it counts for honors credit too. Also classes listed on the master list (a lot of upper division classes in your major) fulfill honors credit. They only require you to take two honors collegium courses. Of course you can take more if you want to.
funnyman, that depends on how compatible those majors are. You'll probably hit the unit cap once you sign up for 5 classes, and even though you can easily petition it, any more units than 19 in one quarter isn't the smartest thing to do.
dyip10 is right, you only need 2 additional courses if you plan wisely for the honors program (if the 2 honors collegium courses are 5 units, which most are). The requirements are not hard, but what probably gets some of the students is the 3.5 gpa requirement.
And I enjoyed my freshmen cluster on interracial dynamics. One of the easiest classes I've taken- I had about 2 essays a quarter (you probably write about as many essays in one quarter of writing 2 as you do in 1 year of the ird cluster). I had 1 midterm the first quarter (simple vocabulary) and no finals, the second quarter I had one really general final exam that was comprehenisive w/ stuff from first quarter as well (but it was very, very general to compensate for it) (no midterm second quarter), and the third quarter was just 2 essays w/ no exams. I've done more work in AP English than I did for my cluster class. It depends on the cluster you take, your interest in the topic, and especially the TA you have.
The professors don't really matter so much as far as your grades are concerned since the TAs do all the grading. The clusters are composed of several professors, and when I took it, it was taught by Decker, Zhou, Stevenson, and Behdad