College of Humanities

What are the humanities? They’re the disciplines that make life meaningful. Intercultural communication. Conviction and questioning. Personal identity. Collective action and community building. The faculty, students and staff of the College of Humanities are passionate about their pursuit of life-changing and world-defining challenges. They work in the streets of Tucson, the corporations and agencies that form the national bedrock, and in the embassies and institutions around the world devoted to identifying problems, listening to perspectives, imagining solutions, and enacting change.

Dean: Alain-Philippe Durand, Ph.D.

College Features

  • The UA Poetry Center, dedicated by Robert Frost in 1960, is the only free-standing, landmark building in the country dedicated to the study and celebration of poetry.  Its collection of contemporary poetry is one of the largest in the US.
  • The College faculty and students engage in scholarship, teaching, and learning for French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, Greek (modern and ancient), and English as a Second Language in COH’s core departments and programs. The Critical Languages Program makes learning over 20 other languages, like Hindi, available on an individualized basis to students with special interests.
  • The Department of Spanish & Portuguese has the 11th largest number of PhD’s in Spanish in the US.
  • The German Studies Department offers the first Joint Ph.D. Program (with the University of Leipzig in Germany) in Transcultural German Studies.
  • The College offers a rich environment of engagement and literary conversations through activities such as the UA Prose Series, several different film series, outreach such as Russian study support in local high schools, Humanities Week, a state high school Corrido contest, academic conferences and journals, the Southern Arizona Writing Project, and the Humanities Seminars Program.
  • Renowned faculty includes:  7 Regents’ Professors, 5 University Distinguished Professors, 11 Five-Star Faculty Award Winners, and 3 Koffler Prize winners
  • Dozens of premier study abroad programs for undergraduates are directed  by Humanities departments, including long-running programs in Alcalá de Henares and Segovia (Spain), Paris (France), Leipzig (Germany), Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia), and Orvieto (Italy), with the classical civilization site in Umbria now drawing the largest number of students of any UA student abroad program.  Humanities majors account for the majority of study abroad students.
  • Classics professors lead celebrated archaeological excavations and field projects in Egypt, Greece and Italy

College Statistics

  • Faculty – 140
  • Academic Professionals and Appointed Personnel: – 16
  • Staff – 60
  • Undergraduate Majors (declared) – 1,625
  • Undergraduate Degrees Awarded Last Year – 401
  • Graduate Degrees Award Last Year – 117 (77 M.A. and MFA: 30 Ph.D)
  • Number of Degree Programs Offered – 32
  • Regents' Professors – 7
  • University Distinguished Professors – 5
  • University-wide Five-Star Faculty Award Winners – 11
  • University-wide Koffler Prize winners—3

Degrees Offered:

BA, MA, MFA, Ph.D.

Notable Alumni:

  • Richard Russo – Pulitzer Prize winning author and screenwriter, B.A. English, MFA Creative Writing, Ph.D. English
  • David Foster Wallace – novelist and essayist, MFA Creative Writing
Website: Primary Address:
Modern Languages Room 345
1423 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 210067
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067
United States
Email: Phone Number:

(520) 621-1044

(520) 621-5594