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About the Program

The humanities are a group of academic disciplines (art, dance, film, theater, music, philosophy, literature, languages, and religion) that critically and creatively explore the fundamental question of human existence: What kind of life is a happy, good and fulfilling life in which humans can thrive? Humanities courses teach students how humans across the world, from past to present, have answered this fundamental question through artistic and cultural expression. With those past and present role models, students can define happiness, goodness, and fulfillment in their own current lives and imagine a vision for their futures.

Humanities is a transfer program housed in the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division. Transfer programs are for students who plan to continue their education at a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree. Some students take humanities courses to fulfill the humanities and fine arts requirement for a transfer degree, others take humanities courses as part of a plan to major in humanities. Many students also take humanities courses as electives.

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  • Passion
  • Creativity
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Compassion


The Humanities Department explores and embraces critical and creative thinking about global arts and cultures, from past to present, to empower students to learn, work, and thrive in a complex 21st century world. 


The Humanities Department leads CLC and Lake County in developing…

  • Transfer courses focusing on and celebrating global arts and cultures through multiple academic disciplines and perspectives
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills to help students get jobs and build careers
  • Opportunities to discover how critical thinking and creative expression in the humanities are essential for human happiness and quality of life