Royce Hall, UCLA. Photo by Robert Browner.
About Los Angeles and UCLA
Los Angeles is the largest city in California, and with a population of 3.8 million, the second largest city in the United States. Human occupation of the area extends back more than 10,000 years with earliest settlement by the Tongva, Tataviam, and Chumash peoples (in the coastal areas). The current city was founded by Spanish Governor Felipe De Neve in 1781, became part of Mexico in 1821, and was annexed by the United States in 1848. Multi-cultural from its beginnings, the heritage of the city can be enjoyed through excursions to Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, and of course Hollywood, all accessible via the Metro system. Also only a few stations away (near Union station), is historic Olvera Street (La Placita Olvera) and El Pueblo de Los Angeles monument, with its own cultural programs and museums celebrating the historic diversity of cultures in the symbolic heart of the city. Those interested in the culture of the Native Gabrieleño/Tongva people might find the collections of the Southwest Museum and Autry Museum of Western Heritage of interest, and for the truly adventurous soul willing to brave Southern California traffic, the Getty Museum awaits on the west side of town, in the Brentwood area.
The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) was founded in 1919, and is a campus in the ten-campus University of California system. Located in the neighborhood of Westwood, on the western side of Los Angeles, it enrolls 26,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students, and offers more than three hundred degree programs. The Department of Ethnomusicology is located in the School of Arts and Architecture, one of seven professional schools on campus.