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.
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.
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.
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.