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Humanities, Literature, & Philosophy

Students that pursue humanities have a tremendous opportunity to deepen as an individual and as a contributor to society. At a time when technology offers dazzling new possibilities and cultures collide in ways both exciting and dangerous, humanities provides crucial insight into what matters in life, into the character of civilization, and into the capacity — and the limits — of people’s ability to understand societies different from their own.



  • I am interested in exploring multiple perspectives on humanity.

  • I am creative and enjoy answering open-ended questions.

  • I enjoy writing and write to express myself.

  • I am detail-oriented and enjoy helping people get and stay organized.

  • I am multilingual or interested in learning a new language.

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Explore the Different Possibilities

Check out the specific concentrations within this interest cluster, with information regarding specific careers, as well as potential majors to pursue in college!

Foreign Correspondence

Students that know multiple languages and live in foreign countries providing information and networking it back to their origin country. Potential careers include: Interpretation, Translation, Journalism, Linguistics, Human Resources

Potential Majors

History of People + Culture

Students that seek to develop an understanding of historic cultures and civilizations. Potential careers include: American/United States Studies, Classical Greek Language and Literature, Archaeology, Asian History, Arabic Language and Literature, African Studies

Potential Majors

Communication Studies

As a communication student, you will study everything from the foundations of communication theory to where the latest advances will take us tomorrow. You will explore social, cultural, rhetorical and organizational communication processes. The result: an understanding of and ability to manage communication in education, politics, management and marketing, in government and nongovernmental institutions alike.

Potential Majors

Education and Training

For the students that seek to engage in academic instruction, career and technical instruction, and other education and training services. Potential careers include: Administration and Administrative Support, Professional Support Services, Teaching & Training, School Counseling

Potential Majors

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Connect with Alumni or a Senior Mentor

Check out how our alumni students and current seniors are pursuing this pathway! Learn about what it takes. To learn more about an alumni's journey, check out their roadmap.

Ana Sofia Knauf
Class of 2010
Digital Editor at Crosscut
Communications & Journalism, University of Washington
Katie Dunnahoo
Class of 2019
Undergraduate student
Spanish + French, UCLA
Valeria Vazquez
Class of 2019
Undergraduate student
Combined Journalism & Media Screen Studies, Northeastern University
Marlena Underhill
Class of 2012
Linguistics Teacher
Linguistics & Asian Language and Cultures, UCLA
Anson Lum
Class of 2019
Undergraduate student
Philosophy, UCLA
Camryn Permann
Class of 2016
ASL Interpreter and Registered Behavioral Therapist
ASL Interpreter and Registered Behavioral Therapist, CSUN
Sean McCallon
Class of 2001
Assistant Principal
English, CSUN
Jake Ortiz
Class of 2015
Graduate student at CSUN
College Counseling & Student Services, CSUN


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Choosing the Right Courses

Provided here are the COC classes that are recommended for your pathway. You are not required to take all them, so you should talk to your counselor to clarify which classes are right for you. Explore the different possibilities below!

Foreign Language

CAWT 140

Survey of Microsoft Office Programs

Examines operating systems, Microsoft Office, word processing, spreadsheet analysis, database management, presentation software, and the application of information technologies to organizational settings.


COMS 105

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Examines the principles and practices of public speaking, communication theory, and techniques for public speaking. Includes speech organization, development, research, audience analysis, reasoning, and presentation skills for the development of informative and persuasive speeches.


MATH 140


Examines statistical methods including empirical and theoretical frequency distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, probability, counting techniques and computer-based statistical software.


MATH 104


Analyzes equations, inequalities, functions, systems of equations, conic sections, zeros of polynomial equations and additional topics in preparation for calculus.


MATH 102


Examines trigonometric functions, identities, and equations, along with solutions of triangles, complex numbers, vectors, and applications.




Surveys the major classical and contemporary ethical theories with emphasis on their application to typical life situations in a modern society.



Intro Philosophy

Introduces major western and non-western philosophical ideas, philosophical figures, and philosophical issues, relating to theory of knowledge, nature of reality, the mind-body problem, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, and ethical theory.


HIST 161

World History I

Examines world civilization from prehistory through the 1500's, including Greek and Roman philosophies, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, political institutions, social practices, literature, women's status and cross-cultural influences.


HIST 112

United States History II

Surveys the political, economic and social history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Meets Title V American Institutions U.S. History requirement for the associate degree. UC credit limitation: HIST-111, 111H, 112, 112h and 115 combined, maximum credit, two courses.


HIST 111

United States History I

Surveys American civilization, from the Pre-Columbian era through Reconstruction, emphasizing the political, cultural, economic, and social history of the United States. Meets Title V American Institutions U.S. History requirement for the associate degree. UC credit limitation: HIST-111, 111H, 112, 112H and 115 combined, maximum credit, two courses.


Felix, M., Hitt, K., Dyke, R.

SIGN 102

American Sign Language II

Continues the study of American Sign Language (ASL) designed to increase the student's proficiency in intermediate ASL communication skills with a continued emphasis on comprehension skills, conversational skills, cultural awareness, grammatical features and vocabulary development. Field assignments required.


Beecher, C.

HIST 102

Western Civ: The Modern Era

Surveys the history of Western Civilization from the 16th Century to the present period, including the economic, socio-political, and cultural developments in Europe, the Americas, and the emergent nations of the modern era.


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Four-Year Ed Plans

Provided here are ed plans for you to take AOC & COC coursework for specific concentrations within this pathway. 

Keep in mind that these ed-plans are subject to change based on your individual needs and preferences.

AA Degrees

The ed-plans above will allow you to earn an Associate Degree in Humanities (Liberal Arts & Science), History, or Journalism. All of the ed-plans above will allow you to complete your IGETC and to transfer several General Ed college credits.

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Your humanities degree should match your own range of personal characteristics and interests. Open-mindedness and adaptability are important in all kinds of humanities disciplines, where the central tenet of study is that humans are incapable of ever being objective, and that all research must reflect that.

Trust yourself and pursue what you love! Humanities pathways are not conventionally pursed, but don’t feel the pressure to conform with other peers pursuing popular majors. 

If you're curious about this topic of study, keep reading to learn more about degree types available, potential careers and more.
Recommended COC courses include:

  • Foreign languages

  • Interdisciplinary art

  • International literature

  • Women's studies

  • World religions

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