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From ancient times to the present day, people around the globe have raised fundamental questions about life through the arts, literature and philosophy. In Arts & Humanities, faculty and students explore the human experience across an exceptionally broad range of subjects.
By studying the world’s languages and cultures, students expand their horizons and prepare themselves for an increasingly multicultural world. Through rigorous exploration of complex philosophical arguments, students move beyond their own assumptions toward a deeper understanding of human life and its perplexities. And discovery in the arts helps students open their imaginations to fresh perspectives on the world.
The faculty in Arts & Humanities are leaders in their fields — both as researchers, honored worldwide for their contributions to scholarship, and as teachers who challenge students to explore the deepest questions that shape their lives and our times.
Arts & Humanities Division
College of Letters and Science
101 Durant Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2920
Dean Cascardi and Staff
- Dean: Professor Anthony J. Cascardi
- Associate Dean: Susan M. Schweik
- Director of Academic Administration: Rebecca Egger
- Budget Officer: Anne Benker
- Senior Director, Development and College Relations: Shernaz Boga
- Graduate Diversity Director: Josephine Moreno
- Assistant to the Dean: Laura Mulley
Groups & Programs in the Arts & Humanities
Fellowship Information for Faculty Members
The Humanities Research Fellowship Program provides funds to supplement the sabbatical salary for faculty members engaged in research in the humanistic disciplines or working in the creative arts. The Mellon Project Grant program is intended to support research costs for associate professors who are engaged in research in humanistic disciplines or who work in the creative arts. Application forms are available in the fall. The application deadline is in October.
Since its establishment in 1987, the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities has encouraged an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship, fostered innovation in research, and promoted intellectual conversation among individuals from the humanities and related academic disciplines.
The Center offers numerous fellowships and grants that support all levels of the university community. Fellowship opportunities for UC Berkeley faculty include the Townsend Fellowship for Assistant Professors, Associate Professor Fellowships, Strategic Working Groups for faculty, Project on Disciplinary Innovation (“Course Threads”), and G.R.O.U.P. Courses and Teams. Please visit the Townsend Center website for more information on the various grant and fellowship programs.
President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities
President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities are intended to increase the support for research available to individual faculty members in the Humanities by providing a new source of funds and, where appropriate, augmenting funds from extramural agencies and campus grants.