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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 transform it.

With your philanthropic support of the Division of Arts and Humanities — which contributes to the Campaign for UC San Diego — we can make waves for the greater good. Through unexpected interdisciplinary partnerships, we spark deeper understanding of the human experience and empower students to imagine the future.

Help us propel our faculty and students to make art, make history and make an impact. Explore our giving priorities below and make a gift today.

Arts and Humanities Giving Priorities

Enhancing the Student Experience

Scholarships, internships and fellowships create access to immersive and experiential learning opportunities, empowering students to follow their passions. Programs like the Student Production Fund and the Alumni Mentoring Programs open doors to hands-on experiences and relationships that frame new futures.

Enriching the Campus Community

State-of- the-art facilities like the new Arts and Humanities building and programs such as the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Excellence Initiative enable scholars from disparate departments to connect, create and thrive. And sustained support for faculty endowed chairs helps us recruit and retain academic rock stars.

Sparking Research and Innovation

Help us develop the next generation of innovative humanists and artists by supporting programs such as the institute of Arts and Humanities, a hub for the division’s cross-disciplinary research; and the Emerging Technology in the Arts initiative, where artists gain innovative technical training.

Promoting Academic Excellence

In the Division of Arts and Humanities, we teach nontradition through critical thinking, creative expression and clear communication. The division spans six departments: Literature; History; Philosophy; Theatre and Dance; Visual Arts; and Music.

Making an Impact

photos of Taiwan taken pre-pandemic by Erik Jepsen/University Communications$5 Million Gift to Establish New Center for Taiwan Studies

Commitment from alumnus Chiu-Shan Chen Ph.D. ’69 one of the largest to the Division of Arts and Humanities

Longtime campus supporters Chiu-Shan Chen Ph.D. ’69 and Rufina Chen have committed $5 million to the University of California San Diego, one of the largest individual gifts to the Division of Arts and Humanities.

Contributing to the Campaign for UC San Diego, this gift will establish a new Center for Taiwan Studies within the division, and highlights the alum’s deep commitment to both giving back, and supporting programs that expand cultural understanding of Taiwan and Taiwanese Americans.

The Center for Taiwan Studies will be under the leadership of Department of Literature professor Ping-hui Liao, the inaugural Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies in the Division of Arts and Humanities. The $5 million commitment will create an endowment over time that will provide a sustainable platform to grow comprehensive collaboration and exchange between the U.S. and Taiwan, coordinate the university’s Taiwan-centered projects for greater visibility, and offer grant support to faculty and graduate students in their research.

Liao said he hopes the center’s program will help raise awareness of important social issues that impact Taiwan like coral reef protection, climate change and green energy, as well as all the ways Taiwanese Americans contribute to society. The new center will also expand the Taiwanese-American oral history project initially funded by the TAH Foundation.

Read the full story in the UC San Diego News Center >>

The Hallmark of Excellence

The UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities invites members of our community to contribute to a special initiative establishing the Cecil Lytle Endowed Chair in African and African-American Music.

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3rd in the Nation

Time-based media/new media fine arts program (U.S. News and World Report)

4th in the World

Best MFA program, Theatre and Dance (Hollywood Reporter)

Renowned Faculty

Including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, and the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship

The Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Acoustically one of the finest small concert halls in the world

A Neighborhood Like No Other

The new North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood will be an innovative, mixed-use community to further connect students with each other, faculty and staff by incorporating residential, academic and administrative space — including a building specifically for the Division of Arts and Humanities.

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Can’t find the area that you would like to support? Contact us to learn about additional giving opportunities.

Ways to Give

The Campaign for UC San Diego: Continue the nontradition

At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is our most cherished tradition. The Campaign for UC San Diego is a university-wide comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience, our campus, and ultimately the way humanity approaches problems and develops solutions. Learn more at