Highlights: College of Humanities

Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building Completed

This 52,000 square foot building is named in honor of the Right Reverend Carolyn Tanner Irish, one of only two buildings on campus named for a woman. It now houses the departments of Philosophy and History, the Atiya International Programs Center and the Tanner Humanities Center, as well as an impressive art collection of Utah artists.

Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities Education

This center, the first of its kind in the country, was made possible by a donation from John and Melody Taft, and Bill and Sandi Nicholson, who together restored and recently gifted the Center facilities (located in Centennial Valley, Montana) to the U, inclusive of 16 acres of land adjacent to the Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge The Center now includes facilities for housing, educational conferences and retreats, and is a lively and robust gathering place for students taking for-credit courses, and for community members who participate in a series of unique and powerful workshops and educational classes.

Programs & Centers launched during the campaign through private donor and foundation support:


The College of Humanities currently funds over 70 separate scholarships and awards each year. This includes 23 new scholarship awards added over the course of the capitol campaign.