The Humanities Program offers interdisciplinary courses in history, philosophy, and literature, with a focus on major aspects of the Western humanistic tradition. In these courses, students examine the development of a wide variety of ideas and forms of expression that exert a major influence on modern America. Through lectures and class discussions, and through the writing of essays, students learn to interpret literary, historical, and philosophical texts and to conduct independent critical assessment of documents and ideas.

The sequence of courses, Humanities 1 through 5, meets the humanities and writing requirement of Revelle College. Instruction in university-level writing is part of all five courses, but students in Humanities 1 and 2 (six units each) receive intensive writing instruction.

Students must have satisfied the UC Entry Level Writing requirement before registering for any part of the humanities sequence. Humanities 1 and 2 must be taken before Humanities 3-4-5 (four units each).

For detailed description of the Revelle College humanities requirement, see Revelle College, General-Education Requirements, Humanities, in the UCSD General Catalog.

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Office: 180 Galbraith Hall

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 3:30pm*

*The office is open during this time for office use or final exam pick up, but not always for walk-in questions. It is recommended to send an email and schedule an appointment prior to coming. 


Mailing Address:
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
Humanities 0306
La Jolla, CA 92093-0306