the study of making connections

Humanities is the study of making connections, a quest to understand “life in all of its manifestations.” Art, sculpture, architecture, myth, religion, music, philosophy, and literature all provide a mirror to reflect the characteristics of a culture, its values, themes, and visions.

the web of life

Each is part of the web of life, giving insight into the totality.
Humanities seeks to explore the vital creativity and instinct of artists who brought about new insights in emerging cultures, the creative geniuses that helped to forge innovative ideas and modes of understanding, the creation and focus of religions that tapped the depths of the human spirit, philosophies and modes of thinking that shaped the consciousness of humankind, and the architecture that brought new ideas to form.


HUMAN 3—Music Appreciation  (3 units)               CSU/UC
Study of music in relation to the humanities; music and composers of the Western World from Medieval to the 20th Century. Not open for credit to student with credit in MUSIC 3. (L)

HUMAN 5—Art Appreciation  (3 units)                    CSU/UC
Introduction to art appreciation with an emphasis on basic 2D, 3D, and film mediums and their relationships to humanities. Historical and contemporary work with a multicultural focus will be emphasized. Not open for credit to student with credit in ART 5. (L)

HUMAN 10—Introduction to Western Humanities
                (3 units)                                                       CSU/UC
Learning the habit of making connections through thinking, feeling, sensing, and intuition, integration of the arts, architecture, music, philosophy, and history from pre-history through Renaissance. (L)

HUMAN 11—Art, Literature, and Music in Humanities                    (3 units) CSU/UC
Art, literature, and music in the humanities, from the Renaissance through the 20th Century. (L)

HUMAN 12—Jazz Appreciation  (3 units)               CSU/UC
General survey of jazz from its original and early development to present day; extensive listening to both recorded and live performances supports the lecture material. Not open for credit to student with credit in MUSIC 12. (L)

HUMAN 15—Popular Music in the United States
                (3 units)                                                       CSU/UC
Survey of popular music in the United States from about 1850 to present; covers American Civil War songs, ragtime, blues, jazz, song writing, musical theater, country music, Latin music styles, rock, and current trends. Not open for credit to student with credit in MUSIC 15. (L)

HUMAN 16—World Music  (3 units)                         CSU/UC
Introduction to music as experienced through various world cultures including, but not limited to, Asia, India, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and South America. Subcultures, such as Native American music and Ethnic North American music are also studied. Not open for credit to student with credit in MUSIC 16. (L)

HUMAN 17—Music as Culture  (3 units)                  CSU/UC
A search of better understanding of what gives music meaning. Explorations into multiple genres, including classical, rock, rap, folk, Latino and world muisc with an emphasis on the nature of sound, meaning, diversity, performance and value judgments. Not open for credit to student with credit in MUSIC 17. (L)

HUMAN 18—Rock Music History and Culture 
                (3 units)                                                              CSU
A survey of Rock music history with emphasis on its importance to culture and popular music.  Covers the roots of rock, emergence and early styles, the Beatles/British Invasion, San Francisco, Folk Rock, Soul and Motown, Jazz Rock, Art Rock, Mainstream, Heavy Metal, Dance, Rap, and the Hip-Hop culture, Alternative and Progressive Rock.  (L) Not open for credit to student with credit in MUSIC 18.

HUMAN 20—Introduction to World Myth  (3 units)            
Four functions of myth analyzes ethnic and universal messages of myth; explore life’s great themes across many cultures, including birth, death, dependence, independence, love, and growth. (L)

HUMAN 26A—Women in Art I  (3 units)                  CSU/UC
Role of women as artists in the Western World, beginning in the Middle Ages, and concluding in the Twentieth Century art world. Not open for credit to student with credit in ART 3A or WOMEN 26A. (L)

HUMAN 26B—Women in Art II  (3 units)                 CSU/UC
The role of women as visual artists in Europe and the Americas, focusing on the Twentieth Century. Not open for credit to student with credit in ART 3B or WOMEN 26B. (L)

HUMAN 31—Asian-American Humanities and Cultures  (3 units)                CSU/UC
Survey of Asian-American cultures, including religions, traditions, and some highlights of history. Not open for credit to student with credit in ASIAN 31. (L)

HUMAN 32R—Film Studies: Focus on …(3 units)CSU/UC
Study of a particular director/artist, genre, or national cinema; students view and discuss full-length feature films; topic to be specified in class schedule. (L) (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)

HUMAN 33—History of Film  (3 units)                     CSU/UC
Chronological survey of the motion picture; traces the development of the art, technology, and social importance of film during the last 100 years; screenings of significant and representative narrative, documentary, and experimental films from the silent to the modern era. Not open for credit to student with credit in ENGL 33 or THART 33. (L)

HUMAN 34—Introduction to Film  (3 units)            CSU/UC
Study of film as art and its influence on society, including interpretation, criticism, and technical developments; view and discuss full-length feature films. Not open for credit to student with credit in ENGL 34 or THART 34. (L)