PATH Program


Funded by a generous 3-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Preparing Accomplished Transfers to the Humanities (PATH) is a collaborative transfer support program between the San Diego Community College District and the University of California, San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities. PATH guides transfer students from City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges into arts and humanities majors at UC San Diego and includes:

  • A systematic approach to the recruitment, retention, and professional success of Humanities transfer students
  • Faculty collaboration between both institutions through shared programs, teaching and support activities
  • Emphasis on the foundational, transferable, enduring role of the Humanities 

SDCCD PATH Program Office

Program Manager: Dr. Krystal Henderson
(619) 388-6861

Program Assistant:  Niyatt Mengis
(619) 388-6869

Faculty Coordinators:
City College: Dr. Kelly Mayhew

Mesa College: Dr. Pegah Motaleb

Miramar College: Dr. Carmen Carrasquillo Jay


PATH Program at City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges

  • Weekly meetings with faculty mentors
  • Transfer guidance to UC San Diego in an Arts and/or Humanities discipline major
  • Participation in career exploration and outreach activities
  • Recurring workshops
  • Arts and Humanities programming
  • No cost to students enrolled in the program!

Upon transfer to UC San Diego, students gain access to the following:

  • Summer Academy at UC San Diego
    • Free 5-week summer program
    • Students earn 8 units
    • Personalized tutoring
    • Academic advising
    • Generous summer stipend
  • Student training & employment as a mentee
  • Student internship opportunities
  • Experience in professional development
  • Resume writing
  • Public speaking
  • Digital literacy

PATH Program Benefits

  1. Prepare to join the workforce or apply for graduate school after graduating from UC San Diego:

    1. Connect with over 160,000 alumni worldwide

    2. Develop an enhanced global perspective and make a difference in the world

    3. Gain a solid educational foundation for graduate school

  2. Apply your degree in the Arts & Humanities to a wide variety of occupations:

    1. Students who pursue an Arts and/or Humanities major learn to be flexible thinkers, creative problem solvers and effective communicators, with a broad understanding of the world
    2. The Arts and Humanities provide enduring, transferable, foundational skills sought by employers


The PATH program is for students from either City, Mesa, or Miramar College who are interested in transferring to UC San Diego, with a major in the Arts and Humanitities.

Path Highlights

PATH 2019 Reclaiming the Humanities 2nd Annual Conference: Bridging Borders, Disciplines, and Spaces took placed on April 19, 2019.  Keynote addresses by Dr. Teddy Cruz, a professor of public culture and urbanism at UC San Diego, and Dr. Fonna Forman, the founding director for Center on Global Justice, and professor of political theory at UC San Diego, as well as James McBridge, author, musician, and screen writer.  Students engaged with James McBride during a book signing opportunity.  Students from San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges presented their work as art, spoken word, and a display of artistic styles.  The conference was a success with nearly 140 attendees in participation.

How does it work?

Application Process

Contact the faculty coordinator at the corresponding campus for application information.

Kelly Mayhew
San Diego City College
(619) 388-3136

Pegah Motaleb
San Diego Mesa College
619) 388-5926

Carmen Carrasquillo Jay
San Diego Miramar College 
(619) 388-7532

Arts and Humanities Programs at City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges

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Please note that all programs listed below offer an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, unless otherwise noted with ‘**’ to indicate AA or Associate of Science (AS) for Transfer. Contact the PATH Faculty Coordinator at your campus should you have any questions about your major.

  • Art**
  • Art: Two-dimensional Art
  • Art: Three-dimensional Art
  • Art/Visual Studies
  • Art/Visual Studies: Craft Skills
  • Art/Visual Studies: Studio Arts**
  • Art History
  • Black Studies
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Communication Studies**
  • Dance
  • Dramatic Arts**
  • English**
  • English/Literature Studies
  • History**
  • Humanities Studies
  • Multimedia*
  • Fashion*
  • French**
  • Italian**
  • Japanese
  • Journalism**
  • Spanish**
  • Music Studies
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy**
  • Spanish**
  • Theater
  • Theater Arts**
  • World Language Studies
City College- Visit the City College website for the full list of degree programs.
Mesa College- Visit the Mesa College website for the full list of degree programs.
Miramar College- Visit the Miramar College website for the full list of degree programs.

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