World Arts and Cultures B.A.

School of the Arts and Architecture

About the Major

The World Arts and Cultures major leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree and is designed to offer choice and flexibility while maintaining balance and rigor. At the outset, students select one of two concentrations: dance or cultural studies. All students take a set of core courses designed to explore a wide range of artistic practices in cultural context. In addition, students selecting the dance concentration are required to study movement techniques of their choice four to five days a week for the first two years of the program, while those concentrating in cultural studies must select 12 units of arts practice electives in movement, music, theater, film, design, or visual art -- either within or outside the department.

The dance concentration offers courses in a wide range of idioms from throughout the world, including special emphasis on modern/postmodern dance. Opportunities for performance, production, videography, and movement studies are augmented by courses in the study of the body and of bodily identity from historical and cultural perspectives, dance theory, and dance in the public sphere, including arts pedagogy. Multimedia forms of expression integrating music, theater, visual arts, film, and other technologies along with hybrid forms of cultural expression utilizing both emerging and classically based vocabularies are encouraged.

The cultural studies concentration provides students with an introduction to key issues, problems, and debates in the study of art and creativity in cultural context. Beyond the required set of core courses, students select from a range of courses offered in the World Arts and Cultures Department and in other departments. Students may also consider courses from ethnic and area studies programs and may organize their course of study in relation to particular interests or professional goals (e.g., international comparative studies, intercultural studies, area specializations such as Africa, Asia, or Latin America, minority discourse, gender or women's studies).


Deparment of World Arts and Culturs/Dance in the General Catalog
Deparment of World Arts and Culturs/Dance website

Contact Information

Deparment of World Arts and Culturs/Dance
150 Kaufman Hall
Box 951608

Choosing Your Course of Study at UCLA

Making the Right Decision

One of the most important decisions you will make in college is your choice of major — the field of study that represents your principal interest and that will likely contribute to your career goals. Some students select their major at the time they fill out the University’s application for admission, although a far greater number are undecided about their major.

Students in the College of Letters and Science do not need to declare their major in their freshman year. In fact, you can be an “undeclared major” until the end of your sophomore year, which is particularly advantageous if you are not certain of your specific academic goals. It is wise to wait and explore the diversity of subject areas offered at UCLA through taking introductory courses in a variety of disciplines. It would not be unusual for you to become enthusiastic about disciplines previously unfamiliar to you. With careful planning, these courses may also apply toward fulfilling your university and college requirements.

To narrow your choice of study, carefully consider the general college requirements, the description of courses offered in the major, and the departmental requirements for completing the program of study. Look at the books required for each course. Sit in on a few classes and talk with professors during their office hours. Discuss interests and plans with a departmental counselor or faculty adviser, a college counselor, or advisers in the UCLA Career Center.

Certain majors, especially in the arts, engineering, the sciences, and theater, film, or television require early declaration. Some have enrollment quotas and allow application by new majors only during a specified term. Students should check with the departmental adviser for the majors that interest them.

In addition, UCLA undergraduate students are limited to between 208 and 216 quarter units, depending on the college or school, to complete the academic program and fulfill all degree requirements. So, if you wait to declare a major, you should not wait too long. In any case, you must declare your major by the beginning of your junior year (90 quarter units).

When you are ready to declare your major, you should obtain a Petition for Change of Major from your college or school office.