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Why Choose Our Humanities Program?
From ancient times to the present day, people around the globe have raised fundamental questions about life. The humanities can be described as the study of the myriad of ways in which people process and document the human experience as we attempt to find answers. We have used language, philosophy, religion, created civilizations and art, music, and literature to understand, organize and record our world.
Through exploration of the humanities we learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. Humanistic subjects have been at the heart of a liberal arts education since the ancient Greeks first used them to educate their citizens. Traditionally, the humanities emphasize analysis and exchange of ideas rather than the creative expression of the arts or the quantitative explanation of the sciences.
Students move beyond their own assumptions toward a deeper understanding of human life and its perplexities by rigorous exploration of complex philosophical arguments, by analyzing language as the main vehicle of human communication and cultural transmission, by comparing and contrasting the religions of the world, and by studying the world’s civilizations. These subjects help students open their imaginations to fresh perspectives on the world as they explore humanity’s lessons of the past, its complexity of the present, and its possibilities for the future.
Students expand their horizons, sharpen their analytical skills and prepare themselves for an increasingly multicultural world as they engage with the topics offered in Delta’s humanities courses:
What are the degree options?
Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities Option, Associate in Arts
Courses in the Arts and Humanities option are those which focus on the cultural activities and artistic expressions of human beings. Such courses include introductory or integrative courses in arts, foreign languages, history, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and theatre. These courses are designed to help the student develop an awareness of the ways in which people throughout the ages and in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creation and help the student develop aesthetic understanding and the ability to make value judgments. Transfer majors appropriate for this option include but are not limited to: Art, English, Fashion, Graphic Arts, Humanities, Interior Design, Foreign Language, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Theatre Arts. With careful planning the student will be able to complete lower division transfer preparation while concurrently completing the Associate in Arts degree.
What can I do with my degree?
Options available for those with a Humanities degree are very wide-ranging with some 40% of advertised graduate vacancies open to graduates in any subject. These range from health and social welfare occupations to commercial, professional and managerial jobs.
Graduates can apply the knowledge gained in a Humanities Degree program toward a liberal arts career, such as a writer, artist, photographer, or clergy person.
Philosophy majors have a good foundation for law school and entering the field of political science due to having developed excellent critical thinking skills a firm foundation in ethics.
Who is teaching Humanities?
San Joaquin Delta College