Humanities (HUMAN)

about Humanities (HUMAN)

Humanities is an interdisciplinary field that involves the study of artistic, intellectual, and moral achievement. Humanities encourage students to examine both established and emerging expressions of human creativity and thought so that they become more engaged in their own lives and the world.

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2021-2022 Catalog

Course Descriptions and Program Requirements

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What you will learn:

Our courses will acquaint you with performing and visual arts, literature, media, popular culture, mythology, folklore, architecture, philosophy, and religion. Classes present their materials critically, situating works within their historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts

Recommended Course Sequence

Humanities 1 offers a useful introduction to the discipline, but it’s not a prerequisite for any CoA Humanities courses. Feel free to take HUM courses in any order. Majoring in Humanities?

Here’s the plan:

Take: HUMAN 1 Introduction to Humanities

Select two courses (6 units) from the following:

  • ASAME 45A Asian-American History to 1945 (3)
  • ASAME 45B Asian-American History: 1945-Present (3)
  • HUMAN 2 Human Values (3)
  • HUMAN 3 Future Studies (3)
  • HUMAN 13A Myth, Symbol and Folklore (3)
  • HUMAN 13B Myth, Symbol and Folklore (3)
  • HUMAN 40 Religions of the World (3)
  • HUMAN 51A* Latin-American Folklore (3) or M/LAT 2A* Latin-American Folklore (3)
  • HUMAN 51B* Latin-American Folklore (3) or M/LAT 2B* Latin-American Folklore (3)
  • HUMAN 51C* Latin-American Folklore (3) or M/LAT 2C* Latin-American Folklore (3)

Select one course (3 units) from the following:

  • ART 1 Introduction to Art History (3)
  • MUSIC 10 Music Appreciation (3)
  • MUSIC 12A Introduction to Music Literature: Birth of Christ to 1827 (3)
  • MUSIC 12B Introduction to Music Literature: Romantic Period to Present (3)

Select one course (3 units) from the following:

  • MATH 15 Math for Liberal Arts Students (3)
  • PHIL 1 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 2 Social and Political Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 4 Philosophy of Religion (3)
  • PHIL 5 Ethical Problems (3)
  • PHIL 10 Logic (3)
  • PHIL 20A History of Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 20B History of Philosophy (3)

Select one course (3 units) from the following:

  • ENGL 30A Introduction to American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 30B Introduction to American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 36 Women in Literature (3)

What can I do with a degree in Humanities (HUMAN)

Humanities will prepare you to transfer to any discipline of your choice at a college or university and help you learn valuable life skills such as creative thinking, cultural competence, social activism, community building, and conflict resolution. An AA degree in the Humanities can be applied to a range of careers in education, the arts, the sciences, business, medicine, nursing, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, theology, social work, tourism, and grassroots and nonprofit organizations.

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