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College of Humanities

UA humanities programs are devoted to the study of the world's languages, literatures and cultures. 

The College of Humanities is an excellent choice for students who have a passion for writing, reading and dialogue in English or other languages. The college's departments and programs help students develop communication skills, expand their knowledge across disciplines and cultures, and participate in study abroad programs. 

Programs prepare students to enter careers that require leadership and strong writing skills, as well as experience conducting research and working in teams. In obtaining a liberal arts degree, students acquire skills and knowledge valuable in a multi-lingual world.


Primary Address: Modern Languages Room 345
1423 E University Blvd
Tucson, Arizona
United States
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 210067
Tucson, Arizona
United States
Phone: (520) 621-1044
Fax: (520) 621-5594


  • 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.
  • Creative Writing and Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English graduate programs are consistently ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report.
  • 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, the Southern Arizona Language Fair, 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 Alcala 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


  • 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

Degrees Offered