Prospective Students

NOTE: As of the 2015-16 admissions season, IHGG applicants are required to submit a writing sample as part of their application to the program. Please select a piece of writing that reflects your research expertise and the effectiveness of your written communication.  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.  Please upload your writing sample to the "Supporting Documents" section of the online application, and 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 work 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. IHGG students may work with social and cognitive scientists, natural scientists, and engineers as well as humanists. The IHGG succeeds the World Cultures Graduate Group.Performing arts is an emerging area in IHGG.

We are committed to training specialists.  Along with 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 trained in disciplines and are equipped to prepare students for jobs in their fields.  IHGG students work as teaching assistants for disciplinary undergraduate majors in Anthropology, English, Global Arts, History and Spanish.

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.  Students may optionally specialize in the Multicultural Luso-Hispanic World or Transnational Americas Studies if they wish to explore the interaction of the global and the regional or specific through either of those lenses.
  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 course that requires them to explore possible non-academic 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 work as teaching assistants or as research assistants on faculty projects or at the Center for the Humanities.  Others receive fellowships that permit them to focus on their studies full-time. The Center for the Humanities, UC Merced, and the UC system all offer fellowships. 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: Arturo Arias
Graduate Group Coordinator: Mitch Ylarregui
Phone: (209) 228-4105

Additional Resources

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

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The first new American research
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mission of research, teaching and service.
University of California, Merced
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Merced, CA 95343
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