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.
AT A GLANCE
IS THIS YOU?
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.
DOCUMENTING THE HUMAN Experience
EMPOWERING THE Youth
UNDERSTANDING FOREIGN Cultures
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!
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Examines statistical methods including empirical and theoretical frequency distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, probability, counting techniques and computer-based statistical software.
Analyzes equations, inequalities, functions, systems of equations, conic sections, zeros of polynomial equations and additional topics in preparation for calculus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
GENERAL ADVICE FOR THIS PATHWAY
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.
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