Berklee Liberal Arts Requirements

What Are Liberal Arts?

Liberal arts include the study of the following subjects:

  • 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

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 four allowed courses.

    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 a 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 LVIS requirement.

    English (2 courses required):
    Choose 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, LMSC 200-level mathematics or higher, and physics.

    Music History (3 courses required):
    Western European Classical Music 
    Contemporary Music of the African Diaspora in the Americas
    MHIS Elective: choose any other MHIS course of interest to you.

    Liberal Arts Electives (2 courses required)
    LHUM-200 level: these courses may be from any liberal arts discipline.

    Music and Society Topics (1 course required):
    LMAS-223: current course descriptions are listed on the Liberal Arts Department webpage.
    Please note: this course can only be fulfilled within Berklee and cannot be transferred in.

    Humanities (2 courses required):
    LHUM-100 Artistry, Creativity, and Inquiry Seminar
    LHUM-400 Professional Development Seminar
    Please note: these courses can only be fulfilled within Berklee and cannot be transferred in.

    Technological Literacy (1 course required)
    MTEC-111 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.