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 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 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 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)