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The School of Arts and Humanities

Foundational. Transferable. Enduring. These words describe an arts and humanities education at UC San Diego. Our students’ fundamental education includes critical thinking, clear communication and creative expression — all skills sought by today’s employers. These skills nimbly apply to the 21st century global marketplace. Importantly, the benefits of these skills last throughout students’ lifetimes.

We want students to not only explore technologies across the arts and humanities, but also how these new technologies transform traditional ways of knowing and representing the world in which we live.
– Dean Cristina Della Coletta

School Highlights

  • We are passionate about innovating and taking risks in craft, performance and research.
  • We collaborate with technology, science and engineering to creatively impact our society.
  • We are guided by distinguished scholars, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning faculty, as well as MacArthur "Genius" Fellows.
  • We conduct research with Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Fulbright fellowships, plus grants from the Mellon Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • We support our scholars and students with state-of-the-art facilities like digital production labs and the Conrad Prebys Music Center — acoustically one of the finest small concert halls in the world.
  • We help our students make sense of the world.

Departments, Programs and more!

The School of Arts and Humanities is home to six departments, two institutes, two centers and a program. Home to a diversity of people and ideas, our programs reflect a global perspective with a spirit of inclusiveness, and the cultivation of integrity, compassion, and ethical behavior as foundational to an education for the common good.


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Dean Cristina Della Coletta

Welcome to the School of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego. The arts and humanities play a fundamental role in carrying out the mission of a student-centered, research-focused and service-oriented public institution.



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