Gateway Courses in Arts & Humanities

Departments in the Division of Arts & Humanities offer an array of gateway courses that fulfill L&S Breadth requirements. Please find a selection of Fall 2022 classes below and learn more at https://classes.berkeley.edu/.

Ancient Greek & Roman Studies

AGRS 10A: Introduction to Ancient Greece

Study of the major developments, achievements, and contradictions in Greek culture from the Bronze Age to the 4th century BCE. Satisfies Arts & Literature, Historical Studies, or Philosophy & Values L&S Breadth. Course catalog link.

AGRS 17B: Introduction to the Archaeology of the Roman World

This course provides a broad-based introduction to the archaeology of the ancient Romans from Rome’s origins in the Iron Age down to the disintegration of the Roman empire in the sixth century A.D. Satisfies Arts & Literature or Historical Studies L&S Breadth. Course catalog link.

Art Practice

Art 8: Introduction to Visual Thinking

*Seats are reserved for declared and intended Art Practice majors

A first course in the language, processes, and media of visual art. Weekly lectures and studio problems will introduce students to the nature of art making and visual thinking. This course is a prerequisite for applying to the Art Practice major. Satisfies Arts & Literature L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

Arts & Humanities (HUM)

HUM 10 Compass Course: Comedy and Violence

Taught by three professors from different A&H departments, Compass Courses are designed to serve as a gateway to the division’s rich offerings. This fall, the course will explore what it means when represented violence makes us laugh. Satisfies Arts & Literature or Philosophy & Values L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

Celtic Studies

CELTIC 70: The World of the Celts

Celtic Studies 70 will provide an introduction to the history of the Celtic-speaking peoples from the time of the Indo-Europeans through to the present day. Satisfies Historical Studies or Social & Behavioral Sciences L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

Comparative Literature

COMLIT 20C: How to Lead a Good Life: Ancient and Modern Answers

From antiquity to the present, writers and artists have addressed the question of how to lead a good life, as well as addressing those obstacles—fate, the gods, our own divided psyches--that have made it difficult for us to do so. They have also presented conflicting notions of what the good life is, and what its relationship is to happiness and happenstance. In this course, we will explore a range of ancient and modern takes on these questions. Satisfies Arts & Literature or Historical Studies L&S Breadth. Course catalog link.

COMLIT 60AC: Sounding American: Literature, Music, Technology and Race

What is meant when we say someone or something “sounds American”? Can a person sound like a certain gender, social class, sexuality, or race? How would we possibly define that sound? And what might it mean to think of a culture by the ways it sounds and listens, instead of how it looks or sees? Satisfies Arts & Literature L&S Breadth or American Cultures Requirement. Course catalog link

East Asian Languages and Cultures

EALANG C50: Introduction to the Study of Buddhism

This introduction to the study of Buddhism will consider materials drawn from various Buddhist traditions of Asia, from ancient times down to the present day. The overarching emphasis throughout the course will be on the hermeneutic difficulties attendant upon the study of religion in general, and Buddhism in particular. Satisfies Philosophy & Values L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

CHINESE 7A: Introduction to Premodern Chinese Literature and Culture

The first in a two-semester sequence, introducing students to Chinese literature in translation. In addition to literary sources, a wide range of philosophical and historical texts will be covered, as well as aspects of visual and material culture. Satisfies Arts & Literature or Historical Studies L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

JAPANESE 7A: Introduction to Premodern Japanese Literature and Culture

This course is an overview of Japanese literature and culture, 7th- through 18th-centuries. No previous course work in Japanese literature, history, or language is expected. Satisfies Arts & Literature or Historical Studies L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

Korean 7A: Introduction to Premodern Korean Literature and Culture

A survey of pre-modern Korean literature and culture from the seventh century to the 19th century, focusing on the relation between literary texts and various aspects of performance tradition. All readings are in English. Satisfies Arts & Literature or Historical Studies L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

English

ENGLISH 45A: Literature in English: Through Milton

Historical survey of literature in English: Beginnings through Milton. Satisfies Arts & Literature L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

ENGLISH 45B: Literature in English: The Late-17th through the Mid-19th Century

In a world of expanding global commerce (imports like tea suddenly becoming commonplace in England), political revolution (English, American, French), and changing conceptions of what it means to be a man or woman (a new medical discourse viewing them as categorically distinct), increasingly available printed texts become sites of contestation—including debates about what constitutes "proper" language and Literature itself. Satisfies Arts & Literature L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

ENGLISH 45C: Literature in English: The Mid-19th through the Mid-20th Century

This course will examine different examples of British, Irish, American, and global Anglophone literature from the middle of the 19th century through the middle of the 20th. Moving across a number of genres and movements, we will focus on the ways novelists, poets, and dramatists have used literary form to represent, question, and even produce different aspects of modernity (broadly construed). Satisfies Arts & Literature L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

Film and Media

FILM 20: Film and Media Theory

This course is intended to introduce undergraduates to the study of a range of media, including photography, film, television, video, and print and digital media. The course will focus on questions of medium "specificity" or the key technological/material, formal and aesthetic features of different media and modes of address and representation that define them. Satisfies Arts & Literature L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

French

FRENCH C26 / ITALIAN C26 / SPANISH C26: Introduction to Romance Languages and Linguistics

The dissemination of Romance languages across the world tells stories of nation-building, colonization, immigration, and assimilation, with written records that trace back to a common linguistic ancestor, Latin. Taught in English, this course introduces students to Romance linguistics through a socio-historical perspective, requiring that students understand how the evolution of Romance varieties has been shaped by European and global history. Satisfies Historical Studies or Social & Behavioral Sciences L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

FRENCH 43A: Aspects of French Culture

Various historical and aesthetic themes and problems in the development of French civilization. In English. Satisfies Historical Studies or Social & Behavioral Sciences L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

German

GERMAN 39P: Law and Literature

For many people, law is the subject of law school, while literature belongs to the humanities. In this seminar, we will see that law and literature, professional school and the humanities are in fact closely related. Satisfies Arts & Literature or Philosophy & Values, L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

History of Art

HISTART 10: Introduction to Western Art: Ancient to Medieval

An introduction to the art of Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the European Middle Ages. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture are presented chronologically and interpreted within their particular historical circumstances. Satisfies Arts & Literature or Historical Studies L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

HISTART 32: The Arts of Korea

This course will introduce the arts and culture of Korea from the prehistoric period through the early twentieth century. Significant examples of painting, ceramics, sculpture, metalwork, and photography will be closely examined in their political, social, and cultural contexts. Satisfies Arts & Literature or Historical Studies L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

Italian Studies

ITALIAN 40: Italian Culture (in English)

Introduction to Italian studies through selected topics and themes integral to the history, literature, and arts of Italy from Dante to Fellini. Satisfies Arts & Literature, Historical Studies, or Social & Behavioral Sciences L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

ITALIAN C26 / FRENCH C26 / SPANISH C26: Introduction to Romance Languages and Linguistics

The dissemination of Romance languages across the world tells stories of nation-building, colonization, immigration, and assimilation, with written records that trace back to a common linguistic ancestor, Latin. Taught in English, this course introduces students to Romance linguistics through a socio-historical perspective, requiring that students understand how the evolution of Romance varieties has been shaped by European and global history. Satisfies Historical Studies or Social & Behavioral Sciences L&S Breadth. Course catalog link.

Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

MELC 10: Middle Eastern Worlds: Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia

This course introduces students to the Ancient Middle Eastern world through its languages, texts, art, and material culture. Emphasis is placed on Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia as well as their neighbors in Iran, Turkey, Arabia, and Africa. No prior coursework is required. Satisfies Arts & Literature or Historical Studies L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

Music

MUSIC 27: Introduction to Western Music

Devoted to the development of listening skills, and a survey of major forms and types of Western art music. Satisfies Arts & Literature L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

MUSIC 31: Radical Listening

This course considers music through the lenses of extra-musical epistemologies - aesthetics and philosophies related to culture, memory, identity, gender, etc. Listening to music with such considerations can foster and illuminate personal emotional stakes. Satisfies Arts & Literature L&S Breadth. Course catalog link.

Philosophy

PHILOS 2: Individual Morality and Social Justice

Introduction to ethical and political philosophy. Satisfies Philosophy & Values or Social & Behavioral Sciences L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

PHILOS 11: Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

A survey of basic issues in contemporary philosophy of religion, exploring arguments about God's existence, the status of religious experiences and beliefs, how souls might interact with bodies, and the relationship of God to morality. Satisfies Philosophy & Values L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

Rhetoric

RHETOR 20: Rhetorical Interpretation: The Logo

This course introduces students to legal, political, and cultural discourses of the logo, defined as a word/image that is owned, used and misused through visual, textual and symbolic production, consumption, and appropriation. Satisfies Arts & Literature and Philosophy & Values L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

Scandinavian

SCANDIN 75: Nordic Culture and Values

This course explores the most important cultural contributions of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. It focuses on an interdisciplinary historical examination of the emergence of three central contemporary Nordic value systems: environmentalism, gender equality, and social solidarity/trust. Satisfies Historical Studies and Social & Behavioral Sciences L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLAVIC 45: Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

We will read some of the celebrated works of the Russian nineteenth century, from Pushkin through Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy to Chekhov. The class is taught in English, on the basis of English translations; students with knowledge of Russian are encouraged to do at least some of the reading in the original. Satisfies Arts & Literature L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

South and Southeast Asian Studies

SASIAN 1A: Introduction to the Civilization of Early India

This course offers a broad historical, political, ethnographical and  and cultural survey of the civilizations of the Indian subcontinent from the earliest period known to archaeology to the advent of Islam as a major cultural and political force around the 13th century CE. Satisfies Historical Studies L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

SEASIAN 10A: Introduction to the Civilization of Southeast Asia

Readings, lectures, and discussion of the culture and civilization of Southeast Asia. Mainland Southeast Asia: Covers the modern-day nations of Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, etc., with special emphasis on the impact of Hinduism and Buddhism. Satisfies Historical Studies or International Studies L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

Spanish and Portuguese

SPANISH 32: Magical Realism and Beyond: Latin American Literature in English

This course in English will explore how Latin American fiction of the last fifty years has adapted, rejected, or otherwise reimagined magical realism to invent new ways to narrate and respond to the world’s changing realities. Satisfies Arts & Literature L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

SPANISH C26 / FRENCH C26 / ITALIAN C26: Introduction to Romance Languages and Linguistics

The dissemination of Romance languages across the world tells stories of nation-building, colonization, immigration, and assimilation, with written records that trace back to a common linguistic ancestor, Latin. Taught in English, this course introduces students to Romance linguistics through a socio-historical perspective, requiring that students understand how the evolution of Romance varieties has been shaped by European and global history. Satisfies Historical Studies or Social & Behavioral Sciences L&S Breadth. Course catalog link.

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

THEATER 26: Introduction to Performance Studies

This course introduces the critical terms and practices of the contemporary study of performance. Several key terms and important genres of artistic and social performance will be engaged; the course will draw critical and disciplinary methods from anthropology and ethnography, from the theory of dance and theater, from literary and cultural theory. Satisfies Arts & Literature L&S Breadth. Course catalog link

THEATER 52AC: Dance in American Cultures

Dance as a meaning-making expressive form.  Develop the tools necessary for looking at dance, analyzing it, writing about it, and understanding its place in larger social, cultural, political structures. Satisfies Arts & Literature, L&S Breadth or American Cultures Requirement. Course catalog link.

Fall 2022 Language Instruction

If you still need to fulfill your Foreign Language essential skills requirement, want to deepen your existing knowledge, or are interested in learning something new, our division offers instruction across dozens of languages. Please contact a department’s undergraduate major advisor or artshumanities@berkeley.edu if you have questions about placement exams.