• History

      The Department of History explores the human experience through study of the globe’s regions, peoples and intellectual pursuits as they developed over time. The department is known internationally for its work on the histories of the Atlantic world, East Asia, Europe, the Hellenic world, Latin America, the Middle East, science and the United States.

      Mailcode: 0104
      Address: 5005 Humanities & Social Sciences Bldg.

      Pamela Radcliff, Chair: (858) 534-3040
      Main Office: (858) 534-1996
      Susan Bernal, Chief Administrative Officer: (858) 534-3614


    • Literature

      The Department of Literature is unique both conceptually and structurally in that it combines studies of language, literature, and culture in a single department. It is celebrated for taking a comparative world-cultures approach, for its teaching of creative writing and for its synthesis of scholarship, literary arts and translation.

      Mailcode: 0410
      Address: 110 Literature Building

      Yingjin Zhang, Chair: (858) 534-4618
      Main Office: (858) 534-3210
      Nancy Ho-Wu, Chief Administrative Officer: (858) 534-3216


    • Music

      Based in the state-of-the-art Conrad Prebys Music Center, with a faculty of distinguished scholars, performers, composers and computer music researchers, the Department of Music focuses on contemporary and experimental music and fosters an atmosphere of diversity, collaboration and interdisciplinary inquiry. 

      Mailcode: 0099
      Address: Conrad Prebys Music Center

      David Borgo, Chair: (858) 534- 3230
      Main Office: (858) 534-3230
      Barbara Jackson, Chief Administrative Officer: (858) 534-3231


    • Philosophy

      The Department of Philosophy is committed to interdisciplinary work. It excels, in particular, in philosophy of science, ethics  and history of philosophy – and is known internationally for integrating the latest findings from psychology and physics into cutting-edge scholarship. 

      Mailcode: 0119
      Address: 7002 Humanities & Social Sciences Bldg.

      Jonathan Cohen, Chair: (858) 534-6802
      Main Office: (858) 534-3070
      Debra Ambrose, Chief Administrative Officer: (858) 534-3074


    • Theatre & Dance

      The Department of Theatre and Dance teaches and practices innovative, eclectic and interdisciplinary work. It is also committed to attracting and sustaining a diverse group of students. According to U.S. News & World Report, the department has been among the nation's top three for more than a decade.

      Mailcode: 0344
      Address: 2550 Galbraith Hall

      Charles Means, Chair: (858) 534-2062
      Main Office: (858) 534-3791
      Gris Arellano, Chief Administrative Officer: (858) 534-1045


    • Visual Arts

      New synergies of art practice and avant-garde research are hallmarks of the Department of Visual Arts. One of the nation’s top-ranked programs and an innovative force in the international art community for nearly half a century, the department includes artists, theorists, historians and cultural practitioners in one collaborative environment.

      Mailcode: 0327
      Address: 216 Mandeville Center

      Jack Greenstein, Chair: (858) 534-0418
      Main Office: (858) 534-2860
      Jacqueline Griffin, Chief Administrative Officer: (858) 534-3740

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