The arts and humanities play a crucial role in preparing students for the challenges of citizenship at home and in our global society. More than ever, California, the nation, and the world need engaged and informed citizens who understand the languages, traditions, values, and histories of other cultures. Globalization and cultural diversity at home call for the knowledge and comparative methods of the humanities, which are essential to sustaining multicultural and multilingual societies and a strong democratic culture.

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A Blog of the Humanities and Fine Arts
December 22, 2015

Trina Lazzara


September 15, 2015

Trina Lazzara

Imagine for a moment that you are a male student walking into your first section this fall. You...

July 21, 2015

Trina Lazzara

The role of technology in our lives is always a relevant topic in this changing world, and for...


James F. Brooks

Professor of History and Anthropology

Mesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat'ovi Massacre

W.W. Norton


Sherene Seikaly

Assistant Professor of History

Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine

Stanford University Press


Paul Sonnino

Professor of History

The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask:  A Historical Detective Story

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers


Cynthia Felando

Lecturer, Film and Media Studies

Discovering Short Films: The History and Style of Live-Action Fiction Shorts

Palgrave Macmillan


Suzanne Jill Levine

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese


Mindmade Books


Michael Berry

Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies

 Boiling the Sea: Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Memories of Shadows and Light (Zhuhai shiguang: Hou Xiaoxian de guangyingjiyi)

Guangxi Normal University Press



Michael Douglas portrait

Michael Douglas

He received his B.A. in drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1968

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Why study the Arts & Humanities at UC Santa Barbara?

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UCSB Department of English

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UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies

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UCSB Department of History


A heartfelt congratulations to Professor Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, of the Department of...

Felicitacions to Professor Antonio Cortijo Ocaña of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, on...

Our warmest congratulations to Professor Sara Poot-Herrera of the Department of Spanish and...