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Humanities, Philosophy & Arts

Examine human values

As an area of emphasis degree, the Humanities, Philosophy and Arts program provides you with a broad, foundational learning experience that you can tailor to your interests by taking classes in subjects such as history, philosophy, sociology, political science, religion, fine art, music and literature.

Programs of Study

  • A
    Associate Degree
  • T
    Transfer Degree
  • C
    Credit Certificate
  • N
  • Limited Enrollment
    Limited Enrollment
  • Online Options Available
    Online Options

Humanities, Philosophy and Arts

Associate of Arts

  • A
  • Online Options Available
Humanities, Philosophy, and Arts examines human values and experience within a wide range of cultures, across the globe, and over the course of history. Students will study, interpret, and evaluate classic works in architecture, art, literature, music, philosophy, religion, rhetoric and the theater, and they will encounter questions to which there are multiple plausible answers. The study of language, philosophy, and rhetoric provides crucial tools for understanding and interpreting human knowledge and experience. Students pursuing the program in the Humanities, Philosophy, and Arts will enhance their skills in critical thinking and both oral and written communication.

Program Code



18 Units

Why study humanities, philosophy and the arts?

The Humanities, Philosophy, and Arts program prepares students for further study in the arts, history, humanities, literature, philosophy, communication studies and/or world languages at a four-year baccalaureate institution and provides an excellent foundation for students interested in administration, communications, law, public service, and teaching.

What You'll Learn

  • How to interpret key philosophical, religious and literary texts, as well as creative works, in historical and cultural contexts and express that interpretation persuasively in oral and/or written form.
  • The role and use of language, rhetoric and/or the arts in informing and contextualizing human experience.
  • The role and use of the arts (literature, music, theatre, dance, and the fine arts) as a reflection of the culture in which it appears.
  • The role of individual human agency in history.

Career Options

  • Teacher or professor
  • Manager
  • Historian
  • Lawyer
  • Political scientist
  • Musician
  • Artist
  • Writer or editor