Look into yourself and understand global arts and cultures

Want to live a happy, good and fulfilling life? First, you’ll need an in-depth understanding of what it means to be a human—in a variety of cultures and across history. To do this, we’ll help you unlock your creative and critical thinking skills with a versatile Humanities degree at the College of Lake County.

As you dig into your studies, you begin to understand what motivates people and behaviors. In life, thriving means more than simply surviving—and we celebrate that! Explore the fundamental questions of humanity and what people need to be happy and flourish.

Critical thinking is one of the top soft skills employers seek from college graduates. Gain timeless knowledge and skills when you study humanities. Then, apply them to rewarding careers in business, law, writing, education, public service, technology—whenever you want to make an impact.

Why study Humanities with us?

At CLC, we encourage experiential, interactive learning on human-centric topics. You focus your studies on art, dance, film, theatre, music, philosophy, literature, languages, religion—really, whatever intrigues you. Your course work helps you understand how issues of diversity, equity and inclusion influence understanding of global arts and cultures.

Many of our courses are taught by faculty who are experienced practitioners in their fields—filmmakers teaching film classes and artists teaching art classes.


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    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Transfer Degree

For students planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university for a bachelor’s degree.

These programs are built around general education classes that lead to an associate degree designed to transfer to a 4-year school. CLC participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) to ensure that approved courses will transfer to other participating colleges and universities. Transfer degrees typically take 2 years* to complete.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

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Courses in the program

We offer a wide range of courses in Critical Thinking, World Humanities, American Decades — and so much more!

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