Undergraduate Discovery Experiences

The Berkeley Undergraduate Discovery Experience is a campus-wide initiative to engage and support more undergraduate students in scholarly and experiential learning. The broad term “Discovery Experience” intentionally references a wide range of immersive learning projects - from substantial research experiences and artistic production to entrepreneurial initiatives and community-engaged projects.

This portal serves as a launching point to begin exploring the wide range of discovery experiences available in the Arts & Humanities division:

Honors and Senior Thesis

Each major in the Arts & Humanities division offers students the opportunity to conduct an honors thesis in consultation with the department faculty.

Academic Discovery Courses in Arts & Humanities

Academic discovery takes place in many classes offered throughout the Arts & Humanities. Below is a sampling of a few specific courses that incorporate immersive learning experiences: 

  • HUM 196 Mentored-Research and Discovery Courses
  • Compass Courses for first-year students
  • Arts & Humanities divisional courses
  • Art Practice 185: Senior Projects - This studio-based course is required for Art Practice majors.
  • Classic N172A and N172B: Archaeological Field School - These summer courses involve travel and hands-on work in archeological excavation and museum study in Greece.
  • Film 180 and 181: Screenwriting - These workshop-based courses include development of a feature-length narrative screenplay.
  • Film 184-187: Film Production - These practice-based courses focus on the essential techniques of film production, including filming, sound, lighting, and editing.
  • Music Performance Courses
  • Music 107: Independent Projects in Computer Music - Students in this course will develop, in consultation with the instructor, a semester length project that focuses on creating a piece of music, and/or researching and building new software tools for music
  • Music 128V and 128VM: Songs and Song-writing - Students in this course will gain experience writing and recording original songs.
  • Advanced Study (Capstone) Opportunities in Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Undergraduate Research

Read more about research opportunities in the Arts & Humanities. Or enroll in one of our research courses

Other Academic Discovery Experiences

Global Urban Humanities undergraduate certificate, including interdisciplinary research studio

Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation, including a required advanced design course to address a problem through interdisciplinary design

Course Threads at UC Berkeley, including participation in research symposium

Study Abroad

Study abroad is highly advised for all students studying the Arts & Humanities.

The UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) offers more than 250 programs in over 50 countries.

Berkeley Summer Abroad offers dozens of programs in the summer, including several programs sponsored by Arts & Humanities departments:

The Huang Scholars Program provides the opportunity for Chinese language instruction at UC Berkeley and in China, covering travel and living expenses as well as partial tuition.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program.


Over 50% of Arts & Humanities majors participate in at least one internship before graduation.

Read more about finding an internship in the Arts & Humanities.

Teach a Decal

Developing and teaching your own class is a fantastic way to expand and reflect upon your educational experience at UC Berkeley. DeCals are offered in most departments in the Arts & Humanities, with dozens each semester. Here is just a small sampling of some DeCals offered in past semesters: