UC Berkeley History of Art Department

Message from the Chair regarding the new History of Art Undergraduate Major

It is my pleasure to announce the Department’s redesigned Undergraduate Major in the History of Art.

The new design reflects the full range of the Department’s internationally recognized teaching and research. It presents students with more opportunities to engage with non-western artistic traditions, and it seeks to enhance student preparation for careers in arts-related areas: e.g. teaching, curatorial work in museums or art galleries, conservation, public arts administration.

A whole range of new courses—in fields such as Pre-Columbian and colonial Latin America, modern art in the Middle East, and interregional and transcultural art and performance—have now been integrated into the major; and new requirements have been put in place to encourage working with diverse approaches and methods. The new design allows more opportunity to take seminars and to conduct independent research; and it offers students the chance to establish an agreed Focus of Study, in which a cluster of courses taught within and outside the Department is organized around a theme (e.g. The Ancient World, the Body in Art, Modernities and the Arts, Material Culture, Art and Religion).

Students will be able to sign up for the new History of Art Undergraduate Major from the beginning of Fall Semester 2014. Those who declared the major in History of Art in Spring 2014 may speak with an Undergraduate Advisor about switching to the new major.

Best Wishes,

Chris Hallett
Professor of Roman Art
Chair, History of Art Department