Humanities

photos of various sculptures and monuments throughout time

The ACC Humanities program offers a range of interdisciplinary courses, including introductory classes that cover the broad history of human culture as well as offerings with emphasis on special topics. Our program aims to equip students with the cultural acumen that they need to hone their critical thinking skills and expand their worldview, resulting in a better understanding of self and society. Topics in Humanities classrooms include art, music, science, philosophy, literature, architecture, and history. Additionally, Humanities faculty work in tandem with the broader Philosophy department to present lectures and films for the Philosophy forum in order to promote community involvement and discussion in the public sphere.

Our Humanities 1301 and 1302 introductory courses cover world cultures throughout Prehistory to Modern Day. The department also offers special topics through our Arts in Contemporary Society courses such as Digital Humanities, Americana, and Popular Culture. In conjunction with the Interdisciplinary degree program, the Humanities discipline also offers courses in Mexican-American/Chicano Studies: HUMA 1305: Introduction to Mexican-American Studies and HUMA 1311: Mexican-American Fine Arts Appreciation.

In addition, we provide students with the option to take our HUMA 1301: The Great Questions seminar, which incorporates content from our Humanities 1301 survey course with an emphasis on close readings of key philosophical and literary texts from various historical moments, while fulfilling the requirements of a student success course.

Starting in Fall of 2018, students will be able to obtain an Associate of Arts degree in Philosophy with a Humanities Emphasis. The degree plan combines the diversity and richness of the Humanities discipline courses with a solid background in Philosophy and Ethics.

Humanities faculty employ a variety of experientially-focused teaching methods in the classroom: games, role-playing activities, active learning, creative projects, collaborative learning, and flipped classroom methodology. Classes also incorporate traditional methods such as lectures, discussions, essays, and exams. These strategies help students engage with the course material and examine the course concepts from multiple angles. Our goal is to connect events and developments from the past with the modern world, providing students with a greater understanding of other cultures, enhanced cultural capital, and a stronger sense of global citizenship.