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​​Welcome to the School of the Humanities!
“We believe that the world’s thorniest problems will not be solved—nor will our nation be secure—without an understanding of ethics, cultures other than our own, and what it means to be fully human​. And we have seen first-hand that students who complete liberal arts degrees have deeply satisfying—and productive—personal and professional lives.”
“Does your Major Matter?” Forbes Magazine
 
  
So what are the humanities and why should you consider majoring in them? In the same way th​at the term “science” covers a broad range of disciplines from biology to astronomy, the humanities is the umbrella that covers a variety of disciplines such as English, Philosophy, Modern Languages (Spanish, French, and Chinese), Cinema, ESL, and Sign Language. At least, these are the disciplines we offer courses and degrees in here at College of the Canyons. If I were to look for one thing these disciplines all have in common, it would be that they offer us a chance to reflect on and engage i​n what it means to be human, to expose ourselves to other cultures and other perspectives​ in order to broaden and deepen our own understanding of ourselves and the world around us. While these benefits sound great, what can majoring in the humanities really do for you?
 
Our Associate of Arts and Associate of Arts Transfer degrees can offer you a leg-up in transferring to a four year institution or guarantee your acceptance to a California State University. Furthermore, courses in the humanities can offer a unique opportunity to explore your interests, discover your passions, and develop and hone important cross-cutting skills, such as critical and creative thinking, effective communication of complex ideas, and the ability to collaborate, skills that are both crucial to your success as a student and highly valued in the professional world.  According to a 2010 Forbes Magazine article, “The current job market demands employees that have strong communication and writing skills, curiosity and creativity, and the ability to ‘re-engineer’ themselves when needed to adapt to the changing workplace.” In fact, a degree in the humanities can lead to a wide range of careers. For example, a 2012 study by Chicago State University found that “the top ten majors with the highest acceptance rates for law school include philosophy, anthropology, history and English.” 
So whether you plan to pursue a career in the humanities, such as an educator or author, or you aspire to join the ranks of highly successful people in other fields who began their careers with a degree in the humanities, such as Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice (B.A. in English), Michael Eisner, former Disney CEO (B.A. in English and theatre), Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett Packard CEO (B.A. in history and philosophy), Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (M.A. in English), Judy McGrath, former MTV CEO (B.A. in English) see more or you just need to fulfill your humanities elective for another major, I hope that the School of Humanities will offer you the invaluable opportunity to explore and grapple with some of the most enduring and challenging questions about what it means to be human, and more specifically, what it means to be you. As Martin Luther King, Jr. put it, “An individual has not started living until he [or she] can rise above the narrow confines of his [or her] individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
 




Andy McCutcheon

School of Humanities,   Interim Dean

 






 

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