Why Choose Our Humanities Program?

From ancient times to the present day, people around the globe have raised fundamental questions about life. The humanities can be described as the study of the myriad of ways in which people process and document the human experience as we attempt to find answers. We have used language, philosophy, religion, created civilizations and art, music, and literature to understand, organize and record our world.

Through exploration of the humanities, we learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. Humanistic subjects have been at the heart of a liberal arts education since the ancient Greeks first used them to educate their citizens. Traditionally, the humanities emphasize analysis and exchange of ideas rather than the creative expression of the arts or the quantitative explanation of the sciences.

Students move beyond their own assumptions toward a deeper understanding of human life and its perplexities by rigorous exploration of complex philosophical arguments, by analyzing language as the main vehicle of human communication and cultural transmission, by comparing and contrasting the religions of the world, and by studying the world's civilizations. These subjects help students open their imaginations to fresh perspectives on the world as they explore humanity's lessons of the past, its complexity of the present, and its possibilities for the future.

Courses in the degree program include introductory or integrative courses in arts, foreign languages, history, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and theatre. Transfer majors appropriate for this option include but are not limited to: Art, English, Fashion, Graphic Arts, Humanities, Interior Design, Foreign Language, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Theatre Arts. With careful planning, the student will be able to complete lower division transfer preparation while concurrently completing the Associate in Arts degree.

Certificate and Degree Options


  • Interdisciplinary Studies, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, AA

For certificate and degree requirements, please visit the College Catalog.

Job Titles and Career Information

Studying humanities can lead to a variety of different jobs or careers. Click on a job title to find out career information such as average salaries, employment rates and more!