Prospective Students

NOTE: A writing sample is part of an IHGG program application and would reflect humanities research expertise and effective communcation. If you wish to submit a digital portfolio or other evidence of academic promise that does not take the form of a paper, please contact the IHGG Chair for guidance.  This writing sample is uploaded to the "Supporting Documents" section of the online application. Please contact UC Merced Graduate Division if you have any questions about the application form.

 

The IHGG Vision

Interdisciplinarity is the hallmark of the IHGG. Our faculty and graduate students read and engage scholarship from every one of our disciplines, and all of us utilize each other’s frames of understanding. We share the task of explaining and expressing cultural complexity and contingency. In addition to working closely with humanists, IHGG students may also work with social and cognitive scientists, natural scientists, and engineers.Performing arts is an emerging area in IHGG.

We offer a comprehensive, integrative program and are committed to training specialists.  Along with foundational interdisciplinary coursework, students select courses from the cross-disciplinary areas of Past Worlds, Social and Spatial Dynamics, or Expressive and Imaginative Works. IHGG faculty are disciplinary experts often with cross-disciplinary training and scholarship, with a commitment and ability to prepare students for a range of academic and professional careers.  IHGG students work as teaching assistants for undergraduate majors in Anthropology, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, English, Global Arts, History, Spanish, and World Heritage.

The IHGG Program adopts the UC Merced guiding principle of “The World at Home/At Home in the World” as its signature focus.  Our location in Merced inspires this programmatic concentration, which guides and structures the IHGG curriculum and mission in two ways.

  1. Merced is a global crossroads.  This can inspire IHGG students to think about any entrepôts, battlefields, trade routes and other kinds of locales past and present that exemplify the crossroads destination.  The crossroads concept educates students about how to approach questions at scales ranging from the global to the local, and how to move with facility among these spatial frames.  
     
  2. We are committed to socially engaged education and research.  We use The World At Home/At Home in the World to communicate the perspective that scholarship exists in and for the larger world, and thus, graduate education can lead to many career paths. Our curriculum includes a required Humanities in the World course in which students learn about socially engaged scholarship, and a Study Plan to prepare for degree progress as well as eplore academic and professional career paths.

Funding Opportunities

The IHGG has historically been able to offer funding to all M.A. and Ph.D. students in good standing.  Each semester, many of our students are employed as teaching assistants. All students have opportunity to apply for summer and travel fellowshkips through IHGG. For advanced students, there are additional opportunities for research fellowships from the Center for the Humanities and Graduate Division. Many of our students have received extramural fellowships as well.

Graduate Division

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
 
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
 
General Inquiries:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Fax: (209) 228-6906
 
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, SSB 310
Merced, CA 95343

 

Graduate Group

Graduate Group Chair: Anne Zanzucchi
(209) 228-4173
 
Graduate Group Chair: Robin DeLugan
(209) 228-4032
 
Graduate Group Coordinator: Mitch Ylarregui
Phone: (209) 228-4105
 

Additional Resources

Graduate Resource Center
Graduate Peer Mentor Program
Writing Services
Grad Student Association
Resolve a Conflict

 
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