Divisions & Units - Arts & Humanities

Fall brings a brimming arts cornucopia to campus

September 14, 2017
Fall at UC Berkeley always arrives with an air of anticipation and this year follows suit, with an exhilarating lineup of events ranging from readings by award-winning poets, a student art exhibition on authority, chats with cartoonists, an adaptation of a classical play complete with a cloud structure and the holiday favorite, The Hard Nut.

L&S alumna Alice Waters on free speech and the making of a counterculture cook

September 6, 2017
One of the College of Letters & Science's best-known alumnae approaches her story with reluctance. So the famed restaurateur, who co-founded Chez Panisse restaurant and began a revolution in American food, says in an interview announcing her appearance tomorrow at the Free Speech Cafe.

Robert Goldman wins World Sanskrit Award for 2017

September 6, 2017
Renowned Sanskrit scholar Robert P. Goldman has been honored with the World Sanskrit Award for 2017 by the Indian Council on Cultural Relations (ICCR) for his work on Sanskrit language and literature and for the completion — under his direction — of the seven-volume, 5,000-page translation and annotation of the monumental Sanskrit epic poem the Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki.

Humanities Research Fellowship & Mellon Project Grant

The Humanities Research Fellowship (HRF) program supplements the sabbatical salaries of assistant professors, associate professors, and full professors at UC Berkeley who are engaged in humanistic disciplines or who work in the creative arts. Funded by the McEnerney Endowment in the Division of Arts & Humanities, the HRF program enables faculty members to take research leaves ahead of the normal sabbatical-leave schedule.

Pianist found his path at Berkeley, returns to lead Ojai music fest

June 15, 2017
When Vijay Iyer came to UC Berkeley in the early 1990s, he didn’t know he would go on to become what the New Yorker referred to as “the most lauded piano player in jazz.” Iyer was 21, and a doctoral student in physics. But after a couple years, he knew he had to follow a new path. He went on to receive an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the cognitive science of music in 1998.

Music professor wins prestigious Kyoto Prize

June 20, 2017
Richard Taruskin, a UC Berkeley emeritus professor of music, has won a 2017 Kyoto Prize for his contributions to the study, performance and critical discourse of early music, modern Russian music and Western music history.

Walls, spies, East Berlin and the California Book Award

June 5, 2017
Anne Nesbet joins an illustrious list of UC Berkeley professors to receive a California Book Award gold medal, and is the first to earn the honor for a work of fiction.

Divisions of L&S

Arts & Humanities

The division seeks to inspire students to seek for truth and explore creative ideas about our world and its diverse cultures through courses in literature, arts, languages, and philosophy.

Arts & Humanities Graduate Diversity Office

AlbertoWelcome to the Outreach and Diversity Office of the Arts & Humanities Division in the College of Letters & Science at the University of California, Berkeley. If you are a prospective or continuing diversity student interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in any of the Arts & Humanities departments at Berkeley or beyond, this office is set up to meet your needs.

L&S Units A-Z

The College of Letters & Science supports an impressive array of learning opportunities, evident in the departments, programs, centers, majors, minors, and instructional support units below.