A Message from the Associate Dean

Welcome to the Office of Graduate Study in the School of Humanities! 

If you are considering pursuing graduate studies in the Humanities, UC Irvine is the right place for you. Many of our graduate programs are highly ranked across the nation. Through innovative and collaborative efforts in recent years, our faculty have created new programs for graduate students. With a generous multi-year grant from the Mellon Foundation and with the support from UCI’s Graduate Division, for example, we now offer the Mellon "5+2" Program. It provides full support for participating students for the five years of their doctoral studies and, upon receiving their degrees, up to two additional years of academic appointments as Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellows.

We have done remarkably well in training students for academic positions, placing 40% of our Ph.D.s in tenure-track jobs within three years after they received their degrees. Meanwhile, we are now exploring ways to prepare them for other kinds of employment opportunities, where they could also fully utilize their knowledge and skills. Under the auspices of Humanities Commons, we have joined twenty-five institutions across the U.S. in the NEH-sponsored “Next Generation Humanities Ph.D.” project in an effort to think about the future of graduate education in the Humanities.

In strengthening existing programs and developing new ones, we are increasingly exploring collaborative opportunities with colleagues in other schools on the UCI campus and with institutions across the country and overseas. 

The staff and I in the Office of Graduate Study are always happy to assist prospective and continuing students. So, please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

--Yong Chen