The School of Humanities
The study of Humanities encompasses an evaluation and interpretation of the range of cultural productions that demonstrate our values and beliefs as humans. Humanities examines artifacts from the past and present, and speculates about what the future holds. Humanities instructs students in the value of inquiry and evaluation. Students who study Humanities develop language skills, critical thinking skills, reading skills, interpretative skills, and reflective skills. Humanities students embrace the complexity of human existence and the multitude of possible experiences. The Humanities help refine and articulate our moral, ethical, analytical and aesthetic values. We know who we are, where we have been, and where we are going as a human race because of studies in the Humanities.
At College of the Canyons, the School of Humanities includes Cinema, English, English as a Second Language, Humanities, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Sign Language. At other institutions, Humanities studies often include History, Religious Studies, Art History and Music History. The School of Humanities at College of the Canyons hosts seven departments and five majors (English, French, Spanish, Liberal Arts with Humanities Emphasis, and Sign Language). Additionally, the division provides courses that fulfill associate degree requirements, meet four-year college and university transfer requirements, and provide personal and professional enrichment. The School of Humanities at College of the Canyons is home to creative and dynamic faculty teaching innovative and relevant courses. Students who study Humanities at COC grow to understand their value as individuals in the world and the values we collectively hold as a human society.