Communities and Cultures

Cultures reflect and create, enable and impede, the communities in which human beings grow and thrive. Humanities programs at Arizona State University delve into the shape and meaning of the cultures of the past and present, the local and the global. We create knowledge about ourselves, and we share the accumulated knowledge of ourselves over the centuries with students hungry to understand who they are and where they come from. We enable them to determine for themselves who they will be and where they will go.

Our exploration of culture ranges from Art History and Musicology in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts to the School of International Letters and Cultures and the English Department, which analyze, and interpret for students and the public, some of the great works of world culture, including literature, film and popular media. The creative writing program in English, the School of Art, The Sidney Poitier New American Film, the School of Music, Dance and Theater, and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering programs in the Herberger Institute allow students to develop skills in artistic creation at the same time that they understand the history of the great human expressions embodied in our artistic tradition.

ASU also engages the communities in which we are embedded, with programs that promote and support intellectual and academic excellence among diverse communities within and beyond the five ASU campuses. Through robust collaboration and mutual exchange of ideas and experiences, humanities translates art, culture and creative expression into experiences, scholarship, service and solution-building for faculty, students and our community partners.


Project Humanities brings together individuals and communities, within and around ASU, to instill passion and knowledge of humanities study, research, and humanist thought.
The Center for Asian Research promotes faculty and student engagement with all regions of Asia. ASU is home to the largest concentration of internationally recognized experts on Asia in the Southwest.
The Center for Imagination in the Borderlands aims to spark inquiry, action and reimagine what America’s borderlands can be. It is part of the humanities division of The College at ASU.
The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy is the only organization in the State of Arizona and one of a very few organizations in the U.S. that offers citizens access to scholarly research, interdisciplinary study, discourse and debate and advocacy on cutting-edge issues related to race and democracy.
Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict houses an array of collaborative student programs and research initiatives that engage the complicated role of religion, for good and ill, across societies and cultures, including faculty seminars, conferences, publications and reports.
ASU Chinese Language Flagship is a select, federally-funded program designed to enable students studying Chinese, no matter what their majors, to attain superior language proficiency.
Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies works to promote multiculturalism and better cross-cultural understanding, including study of languages, religion and the arts.
Deserts are demanding and pose large questions to us—questions that invite ecological solutions at scale.
The Hispanic Research Center conducts basic and applied research on a broad range of topics related to Hispanic studies, disseminates research findings to the academic community and the public, provides public service in areas of importance to Hispanics, and holds a major art history archive of Chicana/o artists that is available for study by researchers and students.
Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program and research center hybrid.
Red Ink Indigenous Initiative is an interrelated set of campus, regional, national and international projects developed in collaboration with Indigenous communities.
At the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, we explore our diverse heritage, traditions, beliefs and history, and express their relevance through application in every day life.
School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies offers a broad range of programs, with 17 bachelor’s degrees, 17 minors and certificates, and one graduate program. Our students are actively engaged with our esteemed faculty who are Emmy- and Grammy award-winning artists and leading researchers in many interdisciplinary fields.
The School of Social Transformation is a transdisciplinary collective of programs offering degrees and certificates in African and African American studies, Asian Pacific American studies, social and cultural pedagogy, justice and social inquiry, women and gender studies.