The Geisel Library at UC San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

UC San Diego and the San Diego Community College District on Thursday announced a collaboration designed to help students studying the humanities — such as philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language.

The partnership was funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with UCSD receiving $1.42 million and SDCCD getting $1.17 million.

The plan is to create a pipeline of humanities students to UCSD from City, Mesa and Miramar colleges.

“This grant offers an exciting opportunity for our students to expand their experience in the humanities, which are critical disciplines for understanding our world, past and present,” said SDCCD Chancellor Constance Carroll. “The grant fosters important faculty interaction, student research projects and other benefits.”

This is the third program of its type funded by the foundation — the others feed students to the City University of New York and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

“Across university campuses nationwide, humanities enrollments have declined recently because of the current trend toward STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — disciplines. But I believe we are at a turning point,” said Cristina Della Coletta, dean of the UCSD Division of Arts and Humanities.

“Our own scientists and engineers understand that society has a pressing need for flexible thinkers who are able to represent human problems effectively and communicate and advocate for ethically sound solutions,” she said.

Della Coletta said a humanities education provides a foundation for developing such talents.

— City News Service

Show comments