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

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.
Can you pick out the Northwest accent?
Think we don't have an accent here in the Pacific Northwest? Think again. Scientists say we do, in fact, have an accent, though our native ears may not always pick up on it. Learn more at KPLU.


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.

Go to The Simpson Center

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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Book Reading and Q&A with Josť Alaniz
University Book Store
February 17, 2015

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