Berklee Liberal Arts Requirements

What Are 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 Science/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.

Quick Tips for Determining Whether a Course Meets Requirements for a Transfer Credit

  • Compare the course description in the current Berklee Registration Manual to the outside school's course description to see if they match.

  • Refer to your major grids to see how transferred courses will fulfill specific major requirements.

  • Once a major is declared, view specific requirement status by logging into my.berklee.edu, clicking on the "Students" link, then selecting the "My Degree Audit" link under the Academic Profile submenu.

DEGREE PROGRAM

Below is a list of the Liberal Arts requirements for the Berklee Degree program. These are provided to assist you in deciding what courses to consider when fulfilling a requirement at Berklee.

General Liberal Arts Requirements for Degree (39 credits Required):

History (1 course required):
Choose any course of interest to you in the History topics to fulfill Berklee’s LHIS requirement.

Art History (1 course required):
Choose any course of interest to you in the Art History topics to fulfill Berklee’s LAHS requirement.

English (2 courses required):
Writing and Communication to fulfill Berklee's LENG-111 requirement.
Literature to fulfill Berklee's LENG-201 requirement: Eligible literature courses must have a prerequisite of Writing and Communication (or equivalent). 

Social Science (1 course required):
Choose any course of interest to you in the Social Science topics to fulfill Berklee’s LSOC requirement. Examples of eligible social science disciplines are anthropology, psychology and sociology.

Natural Science/Mathematics (1 course required):
Choose any course of interest to you in the Natural Science/Mathematics topics to fulfill Berklee’s LMSC requirement Eligible courses include biology, chemistry, 200-level mathematics or higher, and physics.

Music History (3 courses required):
European Music History (MHIS-P201)
MHIS History of Contemporary Music
MHIS Elective. Choose any MHIS course of interest to you.

Liberal Arts Electives (2 courses required)
These courses may be from any liberal arts discipline.

Music and Society (1 course required):
Current Berklee courses are listed on the Liberal Arts Department website.
Please Note: This course can only be fulfilled within Berklee and cannot be transferred in.

Humanities (2 courses required):
Artistry, Creativity and Inquiry Seminar
Professional Development Seminar
Please Note: These courses can only be fulfilled within Berklee and cannot be transferred in.

Technological Literacy (1 course required)
Introduction to Music Technology
Please Note: This course can only be fulfilled within Berklee and cannot be transferred in.

NOTE: Some majors require specific liberal arts courses: check with the major chair for information.

DIPLOMA PROGRAM

Liberal Arts transfer credit is acceptable for Diploma students. Transferrable courses will be applied ONLY towards the General Elective requirement and cannot be used to fulfill any other requirement. Only four Liberal Arts courses will be accepted for transfer credit towards your Diploma program.  You can choose any type of Liberal Arts courses to count as these 4 allowed courses.