• Feminist Studies [Ph.D.]
    The graduate program in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz is an interdisciplinary program that investigates how relations of gender are embedded in social, political, racial, and cultural formations.

    History [M.A., Ph.D.]
    The graduate program in history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, emphasizes an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to historical studies, encouraging innovative thinking about global historical processes.

    History of Consciousness [Ph.D.]
    History of consciousness is an interdisciplinary graduate program centered in the humanities. It is concerned with forms of human expression and social action as they are manifested in specific historical, cultural, and political contexts.

    Linguistics [M.A., Ph.D.]
    The graduate program in Linguistics at UCSC is relatively small, very focused, and very intense. It concentrates on the three core sub-disciplines of theoretical and descriptive linguistics: syntax, semantics and phonology.

    Literature [M.A., Ph.D.]
    The graduate program in Literature offers qualified students an innovative multidisciplinary approach to literary studies, and is particularly strong in the areas of critical and cultural theory, gender studies, post-colonial and emergent literatures, and discourse analysis.

    Philosophy [M.A., Ph.D.]
    Both the M.A. and the Ph.D. programs encourage interaction with other fields, and the curriculum includes graduate and undergraduate courses cross-listed with departments such as Psychology, Linguistics, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History of Consciousness, Legal Studies, Politics and Feminist Studies.

  • Facilities

  • Humanities BuildingHumanities Building 2
    Humanities Building 3McHenry Library Special Collections
    McHenry Library Special Collections - Books Detail

  • Meet Us

  • Gail Hershatter from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Gail Hershatter :: Professor of History
    Drawing on a decade of research, Professor Hershatter is working on a book that explores labor, gender and sexuality in China in the 1940's.

    Tyrus Miller from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Tyrus Miller :: Professor of Literature
    Research analyses innovative movements in the Arts from the late nineteenth century to the present. He is also co-provost of Cowell College, and Associate Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies.

    Brian Axel from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Brian Axel :: Student, Philosophy"
    Brian pursues questions that are central to both philosophy itself and the philosophy of anthropology. His main inquiries include: what is the possibility of wakefulness - or 'waking up' - in the present moment?

    Vilashini Cooppan from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Vilashini Cooppan :: Associate Professor, Literature
    Professor Coopan's research interests include Postcolonial studies, literatures of slavery and diaspor and cultural theory of race and ethnicity.

    Bettina Aptheker from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Bettina Aptheker :: Professor, Feminist Studies
    Professor Aptheker started out in 1980 as the sole lecturer in UCSC’s Women’s Studies Department. Aptheker's research interests include African American, Jewish, lesbian and early history womens studies.

  • Research

  • Center for Cultural Studies
    The Center for Cultural Studies at UC Santa Cruz was founded in 1988 as a part of the University of California's President's Humanities Initiative. Graduate Students from across the divisions participate with faculty in research clusters, conferences, workshops, visiting speaker series, publications, and film series to create and develop a broad range of interdisciplinary and innovative research.

    The Dickens Project
        The Dickens Universe is a week-long summer gathering that brings together scholars, school teachers, and members of the general public for a week of study and Dickensian conviviality. 

    Institute for Humanities Research (IHR)
    The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) was established in the fall of 1999 with funding from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and the Dean of Humanities. The mission of the IHR--administered by an executive committee of humanities faculty and staff--is to enhance the environment for humanities research on the UCSC campus through scholarly conferences, guest speakers, colloquia, research units, faculty fellowships, small grants for faculty, and graduate student support. Recognizing that humanities research is an important component of a first-rate research university and is crucial to excellent teaching and scholarship, the IHR provides time, space, and support for the maintenance of a lively, active research community of faculty and graduate students. The activities of the IHR include: the Center for Cultural Studies, Research Units, Faculty Research Support, Graduate Student Research Support, and Special Events. 

    Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center (Ray FASC)
        The Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center (Ray FASC) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Satyajit Ray's cinematic, literary and artistic oeuvre. It is organized as a Focused Research Activity in the Humanities Division of the University of California, Santa Cruz. [Read more...]

  • Contact Us

  • History [M.A., Ph.D.]
    Cindy Morris t: 831 459 2621

    History of Consciousness [Ph.D.]
    Anne Spalliero t: 831 459 2757

    Linguistics [M.A., Ph.D.]
    Ashley Hardisty  t: 831 459 2905

    Literature [M.A., Ph.D.]
    Emily Gregg t: 831 459 5030 

    Philosophy [M.A., Ph.D.]
    Hollie Clausnitzer t: 831 459 4578