Humanities Division

500 Humanities 1 Building
(831) 459-2696

What does it mean to be human, to analyze and construct the human experience? These are the fundamental questions that guide and unite the learning, teaching and scholarship conducted in UC Santa Cruz’s Humanities Division. The exploration and discussion of this query has culminated in some of humanity’s most deeply and widely valued beliefs and teachings about ourselves and the world in which we live.

Departments and programs in the Humanities Division at UC Santa Cruz train students to research the human condition in all of its complexity and diversity to become aware and effective citizens of the world, and to become visionaries and leaders in their chosen careers. The humanities provide a critical framework for thinking about the future through the lens of the past and the present.

Programs in the Humanities at UC Santa Cruz are nationally recognized for their quality faculty in the Humanities are recognized for their dedication to research and teaching. Students in the Humanities have the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects that achieve award-winning results.

The following undergraduate majors are offered: applied linguistics and multilingualism, classical studies, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist studies, history, Italian studies, Jewish studies, language studies, linguistics, literature, philosophy, and Spanish studies. In addition, there are minors in classical studies, East Asian studies, history of consciousness, history, Italian studies, Jewish studies, language studies, linguistics, literature, and philosophy.

At the graduate level, the Ph.D. is offered by programs in feminist studies, history, history of consciousness, linguistics, literature, and philosophy. Master's (M.A.) programs are offered in history, linguistics, literature, and philosophy.

The Writing Program offers courses and assessments related to university and campus writing requirements and coordinates with the undergraduate colleges in delivering the college core curriculum.

The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz is a hub for academic research, cross-discipline collaboration, and public engagement. They incubate ideas and foster innovation by funding projects, centers, and research clusters that enable faculty and students to work on some of the biggest problems of our day.