Welcome from the Department Chair

In the Humanities Department, we seek to understand the profound questions what it means to be human, while exploring questions about conflict, injustice, inequality, as well as questions of beauty and meaning. We push the boundaries of humanistic studies into the natural environment and into the digital realm.

Our Creative Arts, American Studies, Liberal Arts, and Religious majors and minors think cross-culturally and critically about these topics. Our Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation majors work to become teachers of K-8 grade students, with a foundation in humanistic study.

If you're curious about different cultures, art forms, religions, both within the U.S. and across the globe; if you're wondering about the ways that technology is changing human life; or if you're anxious to understand humanity's relationship to the ecosystems we share with other living beings, come take a class with us or join one of our majors!

— Prof. J. Todd Ormsbee, Department Chair

Class Schedule 2024

Fall Classes

Fall Classes

Aug 21 - Dec 9

Are you a Creative Arts, Humanities, or Teacher Preparation major or minor? Or are you looking to fulfill general education and SJSU Studies requirements? This Humanities Department Class Schedule for Fall 2024 makes it easy to find what you need:

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A list of faculty advisors by degree program and how to contact them.

About Us

Learn about the Humanities Department, our mission, our faculty and staff, and more.

BA Programs

The Department of Humanities is proud to offer 3 degree programs, 2 GE programs and several minors that compliment any degree pathway.

Faculty/Staff Directory

Meet the Department of Humanities Faculty and Staff!


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