The UCI School of Humanities offers superb teaching and scholarship both within and across the academic disciplines. In our programs, students will gain the outstanding analytical, creative and communication skills they need to pursue their own unique career paths and personal accomplishments after graduation.

The School of Humanities is home to the highest ranked program at UCI: Literary criticism and theory, which is ranked #1 in the nation.

Faculty distinctions

National Humanities Medal recipient:
  • Vicki Ruiz (emerita), History, 2015
Pulitzer Prize-winning professors:
  • John R. Miles (emeritus), English, 1996
  • Barry Siegel, English, 2002
  • Hector Tobar, English, 1992
American Academy of Arts & Sciences members:
  • Margaret Gilbert, Philosophy, 2016
  • J. Hillis Miller (emeritus), Comparative Literature, 1970
  • Vicki Ruiz (emerita), History, 2012
  • Ngugi wa Thiong’o, English & Comparative Literature, 2014
In addition to the above, UCI Humanities faculty have won numerous prestigious awards including Guggenehim Fellowships, National Book Critics Circle awards, the Blaise Pascal Medal, the Berlin Prize, and more.

Our graduate programs are some of the highest ranked at UCI and in the country:

    #7 Literary criticism and theory by U.S. News & World Report
    #9 Epistemology by Philosophical Gourmet
    #20 English by U.S. News & World Report
    #30 History by U.S. News & World Report