Liberal Arts

A Berklee education includes more than music, and the Liberal Arts Department is home to all of your non-music courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The world of contemporary music demands writing, communication, and entrepreneurial skills, as well as excellent critical thinking and problem solving abilities.

With Berklee’s liberal arts curriculum, you’ll be empowered to express your sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement in an array of contexts, such as those relating music to other arts, politics, literature, and science. Ultimately, the broad knowledge and transferable skills you will obtain in these courses will help you grow and develop holistically as a person while preparing you for the choices you will encounter throughout your life.

Learn more about liberal arts at Berklee:

What Are the Liberal Arts?

Liberal arts include the study of:

  • Humanities: literature, creative writing, poetry, philosophy, languages, communication, art history, history, music history, visual arts, drama, and more
  • Natural Sciences/Mathematics: biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, acoustics, mathematics, and more
  • Social Sciences: psychology, economics, sociology, history, anthropology, political science, women’s studies, Africana studies, Latino studies, and more

Watch a student discuss her Berklee liberal arts courses:

Disciplines of Study

Students may choose from the following liberal arts minors:

  • Music and Society
    • Africana Studies Track
    • Gender Studies Track
    • Global Studies Track
  • English
  • Literature Track
  • Creative Writing Track
  • Spoken Word/Slam Poetry Track
  • Drama
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Acoustics and Electronics
  • Visual Culture and New Media Studies