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The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz is a hub for new directions in research and teaching, cross-discipline collaboration, and public engagement. Our institute incubates ideas and fosters innovation by funding projects, centers, and research clusters that enable faculty and students to work on some of the biggest problems of our day. We are committed to engaging with the broadest community possible—from first-generation students and scholars in every discipline, to local residents and anyone interested in making sense of our complex world.
Our work focuses on Engaging the Public, Funding Research, Cultivating Critical Thinkers, and Rethinking Graduate Education.

Engaging the Public

Our public programs encourage the local community to stay curious

The core subjects of the Humanities—philosophy, history, language, and literature—should be accessible to everyone. That is why we are committed to engaging with the broadest community possible, connecting anyone interested in compelling ideas with the vibrant intellectual life of our campus.

Questions That Matter
Freedom and Race Series
Data and Democracy Series
UCSC Night at the Museum
Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture Series
Morton Marcus Poetry Reading

Funding Research

We provide support for innovative humanities research and teaching.

We fund the work of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates across campus through a range of fellowship opportunities. These awards provide much needed time and resources for faculty and students to pursue their groundbreaking Humanities research.

Shakespeare Workshop
Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere
Final Passages Slave Trade Database
Earth Futures (Sawyer Seminar)
3D Modelling as Digital Editions
Teaching and Learning in the Humanities Now
Faculty and Student Fellowships

Cultivating Critical Thinkers

We prepare undergraduate students to grapple with a complex world.

Critical thinking isn’t a luxury. It’s an essential tool to help young minds understand the world and a constantly evolving workplace. Our focus on experiential research and training encourages our undergraduate students to take charge of their own education and promotes student success.

Okinawa Memories Initiative
Nido De Lenguas (Language Nest)
Questions That Matter Courses
Undergraduate Research Awards

Rethinking Graduate Education

We prepare the next generation of leaders in the Humanities and beyond.

The Humanities Institute creates opportunities for hands-on training and professional development for graduate students. Our innovative Public Fellows program places Humanities graduate students in internships that prepare them for rich and lasting careers.

PhD+ Workshops
NEH Next Generation Grant
SSRC Dissertation Development Program
Public Fellows Program