About Us

Foundational. Transferable. Enduring. These words describe an arts and humanities education at UC San Diego. Our students’ fundamental education includes critical thinking, clear communication and creative expression—all skills sought by today’s employers. These skills nimbly apply to the 21st-century global marketplace (see arts and humanities jobs). Importantly, the benefits of these skills last throughout students’ lifetimes.

"We want students to not only explore technologies across the arts and humanities, but also how these new technologies transform traditional ways of knowing and representing the world in which we live." – Dean Cristina Della Coletta

Division at a Glance

  • 1,200 Undergraduates
  • 430 Graduate Students (PhD and MFA)
  • 245 Faculty Members + ~75 temporary faculty/lecturers
  • 21,000 Alumni

Division Highlights

  • We are passionate about innovating and taking risks in craft, performance and research.
  • We collaborate with technology, science and engineering to creatively impact our society.
  • We are guided by distinguished scholars, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning faculty, as well as MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellows.
  • We conduct research with Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Fulbright fellowships, plus grants from the Mellon Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • We support our scholars and students with state-of-the-art facilities like digital production labs and the Conrad Prebys Music Center—acoustically one of the finest small concert halls in the world.
  • We offer more than 100 undergraduate majors and graduate programs that explore the human experience.
  • We help our students make sense of the world.