The Art of Being Human

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Nirvana Shahriar

Welcome to L&S Arts and Humanities

From ancient times to the present day, people around the globe have raised fundamental questions about life through the arts, literature and philosophy. In the Arts & Humanities Division, faculty and students explore the human experience across an exceptionally broad range of subjects. Please use this website to explore our academic offerings.

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California

Janet Napolitano: We Are the Humanities

“Knowledge and appreciation of the humanities helps contribute to good citizenship.”

Jerry Brown, California governor and UC Berkeley Humanities alumnus

Governor Jerry Brown: We Are the Humanities

"The humanities are ways or windows into what it is to be human.”