Academic Departments and Programs


  • 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, MSO: (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, MSO: (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

    Rand Steiger, Chair: (858) 534- 3230
    Main Office: (858) 534-3230
    Barbara Jackson, MSO: (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
    Debbie Ambrose, MSO: (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, MSO: (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
    Jackie Griffin, MSO: (858) 534-3740

Institute of Arts and Humanities

The Institute of Arts and Humanities provides the consolidated, yet richly diverse, resource for improving the effectiveness of humanities studies as it impacts our fast-evolving, interconnected world.   By buttressing the numerous and richly diverse small, independent programs currently operating throughout the Division, the Institute elevates the role of arts and humanities on campus through cross-divisional and cross-campus education programs, through initiatives dedicated to specific regional or cultural studies, and through agile lab-style research collaborations focused on multidisciplinary themes.

Mailcode: 0113
Address: Humanities & Social Sciences Building, 1st Floor ─ Tower Building

Luis Alvarez, Director: (858) 822-0131
Mark Hanna, Associate Director: (858) 822-1532
Helen Olow, MSO: (858) 822-5665

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