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. 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. Collaborative research projects, departmental centers, and interdepartmental programs and consortia promote interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship that bring together students and faculty across the Division, the College of Letters and Science, and the university.
An assortment of majors and minors are available in the over twenty departments and programs that offer twenty-nine undergraduate degrees and twenty minors in both the humanities and the arts. These areas include Art, Drama, Dance, Music, History of Art and Architecture, Film and Media Studies, German, Slavic, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, Classics, Linguistics, Religious Studies, Philosophy, History, and English. The Division also encourages students to work in interdisciplinary programs such as Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, Comparative Literature, and Latin American and Iberian 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. Our departments work closely with UCSB Arts and Lectures, sponsoring residencies and/or classes with well-known performers and artists, and the University Art Museum.