Engaging Humanities is a comprehensive program for incoming UCSB first year and transfer students to grow as thinkers, develop skills that will contribute to success in college and in desirable careers, and build on their desires to make a difference in the world. Engaging Humanities is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please note we are no longer accepting new students into the program.

Get to Know Us

A short video about Engaging Humanities, created by current Fellows.

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Take innovative courses

In Engaging Humanities Learning Community and Discovery Courses, students work closely with UC Santa Barbara faculty and predoctoral fellows to dig into exciting questions about what it means to be human.

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Connect with mentors

Small class sizes allow students to connect with their peers and faculty. Engaging Humanities Fellows also receive mentoring from a trained graduate student to help navigate the campus and thrive in their studies. 

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Grow beyond the classroom

Engaging Humanities courses encourage students to apply their work beyond the classroom. Each Fellow creates an electronic portfolio to showcase their learning to employers and graduate programs.

Want to know more? View Engaging Humanities courses currently offered, and see frequently asked questions for more information on the initiative.

Learn more about humanities disciplines

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Source: 4Humanities: Advocating for the Humanities

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"Exposure to literature, philosophy, and history will inspire young people to seek a life of richness—one that includes making creative, innovative contributions to society."
—Edmund Phelps, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Director of Columbia University's Center on Capitalism and Society
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"I’m fascinated by learning from peoples’ pasts and applying those lessons to the present. It’s up [us] to start a new trend in a new country…. So much was given to me, it’s only fair to give back."
—Angélica Quirarte, UC Santa Barbara History of Public Policy Major, Policy Analyst, California Government Operations Agency
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