Your arrival at Berkeley marks a tremendous opportunity to learn about the world and its meanings and to engage with some of the deepest questions that human beings face—questions about past, in the present, and for the future. This is your chance to understand the cultures and traditions that make our world a rich and fascinating place, to read Toni Morrison and Shakespeare, to understand the diverse philosophies of the Enlightenment and of Buddhism, to learn how really to see a great painting, to hear jazz improvisation, or to stage a contemporary play.
Your education in the Arts and Humanities will last a lifetime and will expose you to the greatest challenges and the greatest joys that human beings have achieved. It will allow you to re-imagine the world and to take an active role in shaping the future beyond the horizons you may presently see.
Our faculty members include numerous winners of Berkeley’s highest award for teaching, recipients of the Guggenheim and National Endowment fellowships, scholars recognized by foreign governments for distinguished contributions to their fields, award-wining playwrights and composers, and some of the most powerful contemporary intellectuals in the country. They bring a distinctive Berkeley flavor to everything they do, marrying a keen awareness of current issues with the study of subjects ranging from English and Philosophy to Slavic, Scandinavian, and Music. They will meet you wherever you are in your education, and whether in small class discussions, in office hours, or in comments on your work, they are ready to ensure that you reap the highest possible value from your time studying the Arts and Humanities at Berkeley—a time that will last you a lifetime!
I wish you the greatest success and satisfaction.