History is the study of human experience from the dawn of time to the present. It examines people, institutions, ideas and events of the past and the present. The primary objectives of the History program are: fulfillment of general education requirements for American Institutions, Humanities and Social Sciences; completion of the Associate of Arts degree; and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions and completion of general education requirements for students enrolled in four-year institutions.
School of Liberal Arts
The Graphics program provides the graduate with the demonstrable skills, documented experience, a portfolio of evidence, and the personal confidence to enter a career in which the ability to create, produce, and effectively use graphic identity and communications is a critical requirement. The program is task-oriented, intended to provide “embedded skills” beneficial to most careers.
The ESOL program develops foundational English language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking that apply directly to students’ academic, personal, and professional lives. Reading classes focus on vocabulary expansion, development of reading strategies for comprehension, and building background knowledge as well as knowledge of text structure, grammar, and vocabulary. In writing classes, students learn essential grammar and the writing process to produce clear, grammatical, organized, and well-developed writing at the sentence, paragraph, and essay level.
The English program provides a breadth of coursework that includes the study of the language and investigation of great works of literature, as well as the development of reading and writing expertise. It is devoted to advancing critical thinking and academic skills in the areas of reading, writing, and literature. In reading, classes focus on vocabulary expansion, comprehension, and methods for long term learning. Writing classes cover grammar, composition, creative writing and research.
Communication Studies is an academic discipline that deals with processes of human communication. It describes, explains, and depicts the various elements that influence communication such as age, gender, culture, settings, and circumstance. Courses in Communication Studies challenge students, broaden their views, and help themdevelop increased skill and awareness of communication practices.
Art is the study of the arrangement of forms that affect the senses, communicate political, social, cultural, religious, or emotional ideas that manifest in scenes and through objects produced throughout the world. This field includes the study and design of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. The art program is designed to maximize transferable course units and to provide basic skills required for employment in art-related fields.
Art History focuses on the development of the visual arts in the context of global history. The course options provide students with a strong foundation in the art of Western society as well as expose students to the art of Non-western cultures. The program aids students in developing critical thinking, writing and analysis skills in preparation for careers in a variety of art and non-art related fields. Students will develop an understanding of the artistic techniques and cultural factors that have shaped the various types of visual media throughout global history.
Anthropology is a scientific discipline that studies humans and human behavior. The subject is divided into five broad fields: physical, cultural, linguistic, applied anthropology, and archaeology. Physical anthropology is concerned with hominin evolution and the biological features of human populations. Cultural anthropology deals with cross-cultural studies of learned behavior, such as language, kinship, religion, food procurement, economics, and technology. Linguistic anthropology is the study of the origin and evolution of languages and how they are connected to people’s behavior.