At Berklee College of Music, we foster students' creativity and artistry by educating the whole person. Berklee's liberal arts program focuses on the interdisciplinary learning that artists and musicians need to succeed in today's world, especially on writing and communication, and entrepreneurial, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Liberal arts courses provide a cultural context for the music being studied; relate the world of music to other arts, politics, literature, and science; encourage in students an appreciation for diversity; and prepare students to make the complex ethical choices they will face throughout their lives. Berklee's Liberal Arts Department is designed to empower students with broad knowledge and transferable skills, and a strong sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement. The partnership of Liberal Arts and music in the Berklee curriculum means that graduates are accomplished musicians who also excel as collaborators, communicators and problem solvers. Berklee College of Music belongs to the American Association of Colleges and Universities, an international organization in support of liberal education in institutions of higher education. Berklee is also a member of the Consortium for the Liberal Education of Artists.
What Are the Liberal Arts?
At Berklee, liberal arts includes the study of humanities such as literature, creative writing, poetry, philosophy, languages, communication, art history, history, music history, visual culture, drama, women's studies, Africana studies, and Latino studies; natural sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and mathematics; social sciences such as psychology, economics, sociology, history, anthropology, and political science; and more.
All Berklee degree students
Upon completion of the liberal arts program at Berklee, students will:
- synthesize knowledge from a variety of disciplines;
- evaluate major artistic, literary, cultural, and historic themes and trends;
- relate music to other arts and to society;
- assess aesthetic principles and concepts;
- analyze major issues in liberal arts;
- understand key terminology in liberal arts;
- compose written and oral communications;
- apply critical thinking and practical reasoning skills;
- apply problem solving skills; and
- apply information literacy skills including incorporation of primary and secondary sources in original documents.