The humanities allow us to understand and communicate the range and diversity of human cultural achievement. As the world becomes more connected and interdependent, such understanding becomes imperative. Through their focus on language, literature, film, and the history of ideas, the humanities encourage students to reflect upon their own beliefs and values as they explore those of other peoples and periods.

 Humanities in the News

The best U.S. colleges for a major in English
The UW is ranked as one of the best colleges in Seattle in addition to being in the top 100 schools in the country. The university challenges students to view the world through multiple lenses and understand how fields are interrelated. Learn more at USA Today.
A fragile peace in the aftermath of the Marysville-Pilchuck shooting
In an op-ed piece, Stephanie Fryberg, associate professor of American Indian studies and psychology, writes about the impact of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting on students and families, as well as on local tribal communities and Marysville. Learn more at Seattle Times.


Simpson Center for the Humanities

Simpson Center

The Simpson Center is one of the largest and most comprehensive humanities centers in the United States. It offers UW scholars a spectrum of opportunities for intellectual community and grant support that advances crossdisciplinarity, collaboration, and research while creating local, national, and international networks.

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Humanities Departments and Units

Humanities Centers and Degree Programs

A full list is available on the Humanities Centers page.


Interim Divisional Dean Michael Shapiro
Michael Shapiro
Divisional Dean for the Humanities

Contact: Barbara Mack
Assistant to the Dean


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