World Arts and Cultures B.A.

School of the Arts and Architecture

Division of World Arts and Cultures/Dance

About the Major

Three streams of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary study are available in the World Arts and Cultures major: arts activism, critical ethnographies, and visual cultures. Students are introduced to all three streams through introductory courses the first year and then by a pyramidal progression, they develop intermediate knowledge in two streams followed by advanced knowledge in the stream selected as the individual specialty. Four lower-division and three upper-division core courses are required to establish interdisciplinary relationships between theory and discourse, methods, and experience. Representation is studied within societies—as people understand their own lives and the world around them—and then from the outside looking in through humanistic scholarship.

The major emphasizes hands-on activities such as internships to build skills necessary to participate in the required senior projects. In consultation with faculty advisers students select elective courses within and outside the department to increase knowledge of particular area studies, histories, literatures, theories, and methods.


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.