photo: Ceasar Chavez Park Water Fountains

The Humanities Department grew from the desire to provide students with an integrated perspective on Western civilization. This perspective has expanded to a more global one in response to developments in technology, cultures and communications.  Students cannot afford to be ignorant of the teachings of Islam or the values of Asian cultures, for example, since our society requires people of broad vision and knowledge.

Our Department provides students with interdisciplinary perspectives on the great questions that have long preoccupied human beings: "Who are we? Where did we come from? And where are we going?" Faculty acquaint students with the works of those who have grappled in the past with these and other ultimate questions.  Our courses integrate history, literature, philosophy, religion, politics, music and art. Perhaps more important, we concentrate on developing our students' analytical and expressive skills, their ability to read, write and think clearly, while promoting an appreciation of the arts and letters and their role in shaping modern society.

Our students pursue a wide variety of occupations after graduation: law, journalism, librarianship, teaching, public service, social work and public relations.

Effective Fall 2012, our department's revised majors and minors are as follows:


  • B.A. Humanities, Concentration in:

          American Studies

          Asian Studies

          European Studies

          Middle Eastern Studies

          Liberal Arts

          Religious Studies

  • B.A. Creative Arts
  • B.A. Creative Arts, Preparation for Teaching
  • B.A. Liberal Studies, Preparation for Teaching


  • American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Creative Arts
  • European Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Religious Studies

Goals of the Humanities
Student Learning Objectives