COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES

Dean: Stuart Culver | (801) 581-8243 | stuart.culver@utah.edu
Director of Development: Lexie Kite | (801) 585-5053 | lexie.kite@utah.edu

The College of Humanities is the second largest college on campus and is composed of seven academic departments and eight interdisciplinary centers, including two National Resource Centers: the Asia Center and the Center for Latin American Studies. The college also hosts numerous interdisciplinary programs, including International Studies and the Environmental Humanities graduate program, and we collaborate in research and instruction throughout the University. All University of Utah undergraduates enroll in Humanities courses at some point in their academic pursuits, and each year, about 4,500 of these students choose to focus their studies on Humanities. The college’s 170 tenured and tenure-track faculty possess international distinction as scholars, are the most frequent winners of U teaching and research awards, and are the most diverse in terms of ethnicity and gender at the U.

 

The College of Humanities has identified the following funding priorities for the Imagine New Heights campaign:

  • Named Professorships and Chairs: Endowed awards for faculty through rotating professorships and chairs work to provide modest research funding, programmatic support, and prestigious titles to recruit and retain our most stellar faculty.
  • Student Support: In order to provide access and support for our undergraduate and graduate students throughout their student experience, we place a high priority on fundraising for student scholarships and fellowships.
  • Transfer Student Success: We are actively working to recruit and support first-generation students and those from underserved populations through our Writing Studies Scholars Program, a highly successful program that supports transfer students from Salt Lake Community College as they enter the U with a scholarship, cohort experience, and faculty mentorship.
  • Interdisciplinary Focus: We are building interdisciplinary projects, programs, and curricula in Medical Humanities, Digital Humanities, Environmental Humanities, and beyond. Funding will be used to provide seed money for interdisciplinary research for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.
  • Community Partnerships: The Clemente Program affords students at East and West high schools with concurrent enrollment credit that will articulate with the College of Humanities’ major requirements. This program is essential to our efforts to build sustainable community/K-16 partnerships that support underserved students in obtaining an education that supports citizenship, democracy, and community.
  • Humanities in Focus: Students in this documentary filmmaking program range from traditional Honors College students to nontraditional, low-income students who have had limited access to higher education. Attendees are taught fundamental skills relating to the technical and artistic aspects of documentary filmmaking and work in groups to produce their transformative films.
  • American West Center: For more than 50 years, the center has led outreach efforts to Native peoples, conducted oral history projects, produced applied scholarly reports, and trained the next generation of publicly engaged scholars. Future projects will continue to serve Utah's Latino/a, African American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities.
  • Gateway to Learning Educator Workshops: These workshops offer Utah K-12 teachers professional development and continuing education opportunities through weeklong summer intensives to explore current scholarship, pedagogical methods, curriculum development, and innovative classroom technologies.