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Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

Director: Gregory Freidin

Program Coordinator: Alice Staveley

Steering Committee: (Chair) Gregory Freidin (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Lanier Anderson (Philosophy), Jean-Marie Apostolidčs (French and Italian, Drama), Keith Baker (History), Vincent Barletta (Spanish and Portuguese), Helen Brooks (English, Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities), Márton Dornbach (German Studies), Al Duncan (Graduate Program in Humanities student representative), Thomas S. Grey (Music), Blair Hoxby (English), Branislav Jakovljevic (Drama), Joshua Landy (French and Italian, on leave), Steven G. Lee (Graduate Program in Humanities student representative), Pavle Levi (Art and Art History, on leave), Hilton Obenzinger (English, VPUE), Conner Peretti (Humanities Honors Program student representative), Rush Rehm (Drama, Classics,on leave Autumn), Brent Sockness (Religious Studies), Alice Staveley (English, Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities), Carlyn Sylvester (Humanities Honors Program student representative)

Department Offices: Building 240

Mail Code: 94305-2022

Department Phone: (650) 723-3413


Web Site:

Courses offered by the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities have the subject code HUMNTIES, and are listed in the "Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities [HUMNTIES] Courses" section of this bulletin.

Humanities, including humanistic social sciences, concern themselves with human cultures, their histories and varieties of cultural expression, and the analysis of these phenomena. At the basis of the humanities is the awareness of the tradition of humanistic discourse, its arts and letters, philosophical and social thought, and major texts from ancient to modern times. Students in the program are introduced to foundational works in their historical context from the perspective of disciplines such as literary and historical studies including cultural, intellectual, social, and art history, philosophy, religious studies, and the humanistic social sciences. The program's mission is to help students locate their disciplinary perspectives and subject matter within the humanistic tradition at large, to provide them with mentoring and advising, and to make available to them a community of peers pursuing similar interests regardless of disciplinary concentrations.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities is responsible for the following programs:

  1. Honors Program in Humanities
  2. Interdisciplinary Major in Humanities
    1. Interdisciplinary Major
    2. Interdisciplinary Major for Premeds
    3. Interdisciplinary Major in Digital Humanities
    4. Interdisciplinary Major in Philosophical and Literary Thought
  3. Graduate Program in Humanities
    1. Master of Arts
    2. Doctor of Philosophy

    The following programs share the administrative facilities with Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities:

  4. American Studies (see the "American Studies" section of this bulletin)
  5. Medieval Studies (see the "Medieval Studies" section of this bulletin)
  6. Program in Modern Thought and Literature (see the "Modern Thought and Literature" section of this bulletin)

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