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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.

The Division At a Glance

  • 1,540 undergraduates
  • 435 Ph.D. and MFA graduate students
  • 100 + undergraduate majors and graduate programs
  • 373 academic, instructional and research faculty
  • 23,000 alumni

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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Envisioning the Future

Led by Arts and Community Engagement, a public discussion was held Nov. 14 inside the University Art Gallery, where five prominent gallery directors from top universities across the nation answered the question “Why is a university art gallery important?”

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News from the Division

UC San Diego, San Diego Community College District Receive Combined $2.7M from Mellon Foundation

Driven by Realities of Climate Change, Composer Lei Liang Receives Classical Music’s Top Honor

Horror & Hope: A Conversation with ‘Man in Love’ Director Stephen Buescher

Arts and Humanities Moments

Stay up to date with the latest accomplishments, news and events from the Division of Arts and Humanities through our digital magazine.

Read the January 2020 issue

Featured Events

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Jan 7

Winter Career Fair

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Jan 18, 19

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Parade

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Jan 29

Conrad Prebys Presidential Chair Concert

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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Philosophy professor and time expert Craig Callender asks if we are all wrong about black holes

Visual Arts faculty Nicole Miller’s ‘To the Stars’ Lights the Path to Greatness (With Lasers!)

The story in the sound: Music alumni Yvette Jackson composes pieces to immerse audiences in narrative

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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