UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts

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The programs in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts range from traditional areas that have been at the heart of a liberal arts education for thousands of years (represented by departments such as Classics, History, and Philosophy) to programs that are redefining the university in the 21st century (such as Media Arts and Technology). They include a broad spectrum of languages and literatures and all of the performing and visual arts. The division’s departments and interdisciplinary programs focus on the intellectual, historical, and artistic traditions of cultures throughout the world and the modes of expressions and representation that have given them voice and form.

On the undergraduate level, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts prepares students for a wide variety of careers while providing them with the knowledge and the skills of critical thinking, communication, and expression that will allow them to participate in society as informed and engaged citizens. Graduate students receive rigorous professional training that prepares them for careers in academia, the arts, public and cultural institutions, and related fields. Internationally recognized scholars and artists teach undergraduate and graduate students and advance their fields with innovative research, publications, and creative activity that both preserve our traditions and map new fields of study. A wide variety of collaborative research projects, departmental centers, and interdepartmental programs and consortia promote interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship that bring together students and faculty across the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, the College of Letters and Science, and the university.

A wide variety of degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level are available in the departments and programs in the humanities and fine arts. These include art, art history, classics, comparative literature, dance, theatre, music, Asian studies, Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Slavic languages and literatures, Latin American and Iberian Studies, linguistics, English, history, philosophy, religious studies, renaissance studies, medieval studies, film and media studies, and visual and spatial studies. The division’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center seeks to broaden the traditional definition of the humanities by sponsoring activities in the performing and visual arts and by encouraging dialogues between the humanities and the social sciences. Departments work closely with UCSB Arts and Lectures, sponsoring residencies and/or classes with well-known performers and artists, and the University Art Museum, which has a collection of over 7,000 works of art and an architecture and design collection that is one of the largest repositories of architectural records in the United States. The University Library has over two million volumes, as well as access to the California Digital Library and many electronic resources and archives.