About

interdisciplinary humanities
M.a. | PH.D.


Interdisciplinary Humanities (IH) is an innovative master’s and doctoral program that incorporates anthropology, critical race and ethnic studies, global arts, history, languages, literature, world heritage and writing studies. An Interdisciplinary Humanities education is comprehensive, and also may include disciplinary specialization within integrative concepts and methods that enrich all cultural research. The program exposes students to many humanities professions and prepares students to engage the public scholarly activities.

faculty disciplinary areas


ANTHROPOLOGY

Sociocultural, anthropological archaeology, biological anthropology

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

GLOBAL ARTS

Art history/visual studies, ethnomusicology, film and media studies, museum studies, performance studies, sound studies

HISTORY

Early modern Britain and its empire; Atlantic World; gender; literature and history

ENGLISH LITERATURE

Literatures and cultures – including world, national, and transnatnational literature; performance and drama

SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Latin American Literature and culture, Spanish literature and culture, Mexican-American literature and culture

SPANISH LINGUISTICS

Heritage and second language acquisition, socio-linguistics

WORLD HERITAGE

Heritage studies, digital heritage, mapping and GIS

WRITING STUDIES

Creative writing, rhetoric, composition, and multilingualism

working groups and initiatives

  • Asia and Asian Diaspora/Global Asia
  • Mesoamerican Studies
  • Pre-modern Studies
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Digital Heritage
  • Community Engaged Scholarship

Students may pursue these or additional interdisciplinary research themes based on personal interest and faculty expertise.

the future of heritage and cultures

Technological advancements and a shift to interdisciplinary research have changed the way researchers can look at the past to help inform the future.

The future of anthropology and heritage studies research has become increasingly interdisciplinary due to the infusion of technological advancement over the past two decades. In the classroom, the two have largely remained segregated, even though they share a significant bond — the research of humans.

FUNDING opportunities


The Interdisciplinary Humanities graduate group has historically been able to offer funding to all master's and doctoral students in good standing. Each semester, many of our students work as teaching assistants or as research assistants on faculty projects or at the Center for the Humanities. Others receive fellowships that permit them to focus on their studies full time. The Center for the Humanities, UC Merced and the UC system all offer fellowships. Many of our students have received extramural fellowships as well.

GRADUATE STUDIES | INTERDISCIPLINARY HUMANITIES