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Foundational. Transferable. Enduring.

  • We teach students to think critically, express creatively and communicate clearly — skills favored by employers.
  • We are listed among the top 23 in subject area rankings (U.S. News & World Report Global University Rankings).
  • We help students make sense of the world and imagine the future.


UC San Diego is proud to host former secretary of state Madeleine Albright as the All Campus Commencement keynote speaker. Watch live June 15 as she shares insight as a strong leader and dedicated public servant, inspiring graduates to create positive change.


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Groundbreaking Institutes

The Institute of Arts and Humanities

Encompassing a broad range of methods, the institute generates and supports projects that help equip our community with the creativity, empathy and analysis for practicing a collaborative and more equitable human experience.

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The Institute for Practical Ethics

As one of the signature initiatives of the division, the institute is formed as an interdisciplinary research unit within UC San Diego dedicated to the goal of creating socially responsible science and policy.

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News from the Division

Breaking Down Barriers: Arts and Humanities transfer students shine in campus-wide McNair Program

Department of Philosophy distinguished lecture series brings timely—and ethical—discussion of immigration to campus

From Bob Marley to Che Guevara, historian Jeremy Prestholdt explains the changing faces of global figures

The Engine of Creative Innovation

Armed with foundational knowledge, transferable skills and enduring experience, Arts and Humanities graduates don’t just impact the workforce — they leave a dent. With your philanthropic support of the division, we can make waves for the greater good.

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The Division in the News

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Theatre and Dance professor Jennifer Chang wins Drama Critics Circle best director award

What the Sighted Don’t See: Visual Arts, Music alum is now campus ADA Access Specialist

The History of English & the Pedagogy of Belonging, by Literature professor Seth Lerer

The Campaign for UC San Diego

At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is our most cherished tradition. The Campaign for UC San Diego is a $2 billion comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience, our campus and ultimately the world. #GiveUCSD #ContinueTheNonTradition

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