The study of humanities offers students a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of humankind's cultural heritage. This study includes: history, literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts. The goal of this major is to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of ideas and forms of expression that exert a major influence on civilization. The humanities provide a broadly-based education for many careers.

Program Emphasis

The curriculum is intended to prepare students for advanced degrees at a baccalaureate institution. In addition it may also meet requirements for general education at both the two and four-year colleges and universities.

Career/Transfer Options

Most careers related to this discipline require education beyond the associate degree level. Humanities degrees are for students who wish to base their careers on broad knowledge of American and world cultures. This major is applicable to posts in government, business, education, and the arts. Additional specialized training can lead to careers in foreign career service, museum work or teaching.

Transfer Information

Common university majors related to the field of Humanities include: Art History, Classics, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Geography, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Religious Studies.

Course Requirements for Transfer Students

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in this discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the Transfer Center to determine the appropriate major preparation courses for their specific transfer institution and major. Transfer students may also earn an Associate of Arts degree with an area of emphasis in Humanities Studies (see below). This degree is designed to accommodate the differing requirements of a wide variety of transfer institutions and major options in order to provide the most efficient path to transfer. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Guide section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Humanities Program will be able to:

  • Analyze the impact cultures and subcultures have on societal expectations and behaviors.
  • Distinguish the uniqueness of a variety of cultures to develop an appreciation for these differences.
  • Analyze historical occurrences and their impact on societal expectations and behaviors.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Catalog Pages

375 (HUMA); 398 (PHIL)

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AA Degree AA or AS for Transfer AS Degree Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Performance Catalog Pages
        375 (HUMA); 398 (PHIL)
        375 (HUMA); 398 (PHIL)

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