Humanities Division

Research Programs

The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz is a hub for academic research, cross-discipline collaboration, and public engagement. We 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.

The Institute is a source, resource, and force for humanities-based inquiry and engagement with world events. We’re passionate about expanding the field of humanities scholarship with digital tools and an interdisciplinary focus. And we believe strongly that the core subjects of the humanities—philosophy, history, language and literature—should be accessible to everyone. That’s why we’re committed to engaging with the broadest community possible—from first-generation undergraduate students, to local residents, to anyone interested in compelling ideas and making sense of this increasingly complex world.

As part of the University of California system, the Institute is able to leverage the resources of the finest public university system in the world. Part of what makes the UC system of universities great—and what makes us different from so many universities around the globe—is the central role of the humanities in our educational experience, not only in the curriculum, but also in the vibrant intellectual life of our campuses. Here at UC Santa Cruz, we possess an especially rich tradition of innovation, creativity, and collaboration in the humanities.

Centers include:

Center for Cultural Studies

Center for Jewish Studies

Center for Public Philosophy

Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories

Center for World History

Dickens Project

Digital Humanities Initiative

Gail Project

Language of Conservation Project

Linguistics Research Center

Morton Marcus Poetry Reading

Nido de Lenguas

Shakespeare Workshop

Sikh and Punjabi Studies

Undergraduate students in the humanities actively participate in the work and the activities of the centers and projects above. In addition, The Humanities Institute gives out 10 research fellowships annually to undergraduate students working on humanities projects. The students’ work is showcased at the annual divisional award ceremony in the spring quarter.