School of Humanities Complex



Facts & Figures

Humanities Complex from the air

As of Fall 2016, the UC Irvine School of Humanities enrolls over 1,500 undergraduate students and 274 graduate students. It touches nearly all undergraduates, however, at some point in their UCI careers: 70 percent of students enrolled in the rigorous yearlong Humanities Core Course are biological, physical and social sciences majors. Students consistently give the course the highest ratings on campus.

With 13 departments and over 30 majors and interdisciplinary programs, the School of Humanities offers a diverse curriculum. Humanities students develop understanding of local and global cultures through courses in 15 languages.

Programs in the School of Humanities are among the highest-ranked in the country. Our 170 faculty members contribute to UCI's reputation as one of the very best public universities. Graduate programs in English, comparative literature, French, philosophy, Spanish and German have been ranked in the top 20. The Programs in Writing, the school's M.F.A. creative writing program in fiction and poetry, has produced Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling novelists. The school's acclaimed critical theory emphasis for doctoral students draws scholars from all over the world. Additional interdisciplinary graduate emphases include Asian American and gender studies. Outstanding leadership in world history brings increasing prominence to the school. Strengths in Asian, European and Latin American studies have nourished global and transnational studies across departmental boundaries. Our Art History department, with its global perspective, is one of the most diverse disciplines in the Humanities.

Visual studies is a burgeoning field that explores a range of visual experiences including painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, film, television, video and digital technologies. The school is home to one of the country's only visual studies doctoral programs and is a recognized leader in the field.

We're proud to say that 40% of our Ph.D. students secure tenure-track positions within three years of completing their doctoral degree1. The national average is approximately 5-10%.


  • Literary Criticism & Theory – #1 (U.S. News & World Report 2017)
  • English – #17 (U.S. News & World Report 2017)
  • History – #34 (U.S. News & World Report 2017)
  • Philosophy – #26 (Leiter Report)
Select Faculty Distinctions
  • Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor of English
  • Touraj Daryaee, Maseeh Chair in Persian Studies and Culture
  • Robert Folkenflik, Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor of English
  • Margaret Gilbert, Abraham I. Melden Chair in Moral Philosophy and member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Virginia Jackson, UCI Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Communication
  • Steven Mailloux, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of English
  • Jack Miles, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Religious Studies
  • J. Hillis Miller, Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences and Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature
  • Margot Norris, Chancellor's Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature
  • Rajagopaian Radhakrishnan, Chancellor’s Professor of English and Comparative Literature
  • Nasrin Rahimieh, Howard C. Baskerville Professor of Humanities
  • Vicki Ruiz, Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, recipient of the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, and Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies
  • Gabriele Schwab, Chancellor’s Professor of English and Comparative Literature
  • Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences and Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature
  • Brook Thomas, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of English
  • Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History
  • Cécile Whiting, Chancellor’s Professor of Art History
Humanities Degrees Awarded (2015-2016 - most current data)
Degree Type Total
Bachelor’s 556
Master’s 63
Doctorates 42
Student Enrollment (Fall 2016 Single and Multi Majors)
Student Type Total
Undergraduate 1541
Graduate 274
Overall Total Faculty - Regular Ranks (Fall 2016): 170
1. Employment data self-reported by graduates.

Undergraduate Majors

  • African American Studies
  • Art History
  • Asian American Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics - Greek and Latin
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Cultures
  • English
  • European Studies
  • Film & Media Studies
  • French
  • German Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Global Cultures
  • Global Middle East Studies
  • History
  • Japanese Language and   Literature
  • Korean Literature and Culture
  • Literary Journalism
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish

Interdisciplinary and Special Programs

  • Asian Studies
  • Culture and Theory
  • Early Cultures
  • Humanities and Law
  • Jewish Studies Minor
  • Latin American Studies
  • Persian Studies Minor
  • Visual Studies

More Information

Humanities Fact Sheet