The Division of Humanities offers opportunities and tools for individuals to explore, interpret and analyze the human experience, as they seek their place within community. Courses offered by the Humanities division develop interpersonal communication skills, strategies for critical thinking, and methods for creative practice. The division provides frameworks for students to acquire and apply knowledge related to:
The department of art cultivates appreciation and application of the arts and includes development of fundamental skills and concepts for students pursuing education in Fine/Studio Arts, Art Education, Art History, and Digital Media. Introduction to Art and Art History courses support General Education goals of the college by introducing students to a wide spectrum of art, spanning many time periods and cultures, with focus on development of critical observation and analysis.
The department of Communication seeks to enable students to think critically and communicate effectively thereby preparing them for careers in the fields of broadcasting, journalism and mass communication. The department also provides training in communication skills for effective communication in interpersonal, business and professional settings.
The department of English teaches students to think critically, write effectively and develop sensibilities to the literary tradition of the Western World through offerings in composition and literature. The discipline emphasizes language skills and the literary arts.
The Foreign Language discipline seeks to reveal how other peoples express, interpret, and live out their personal existences through their language and culture. Students learning a foreign language are better prepared for functioning in today’s global society, made more culturally aware, and benefit from an enriched educational experience.
Consult the current college catalog for course descriptions and details.
*French and German classes may be offered when a significant number of students express interest in the course. This is determined on a semester-by-semester basis.
Students who are native speakers or who have taken Spanish in the past or have a strong foundation in Spanish can apply for PLA. Students must complete a PLA application and complete either a Departmental Exam or an External Exam.
Students must complete a PLA application and pay a $25 fee per class of which they are attempting to test out. They then take a placement test with one of the professors who will proctor the test, grade it, and discuss placement with the student. Students must score 75% or higher on the test to pass. While students do have a reported grade for the test, the grade does not appear on the student’s transcript. Students receive credit hours, but the grade does not appear on the transcript nor does it impact GPA.
This exam will allow students to receive credit for 0, 6, or 12 hours depending on how they score on the test. Students receive credit hours, but no grade so it will not impact GPA. There is a testing fee from CLEP and from the WSCC testing center for this test.
The department of Music and Theatre presents traditional and non-traditional musical styles through both listening and score reading and provides training and opportunities for involvement in public performance, stagecraft, set building, and acting.
Both music majors and non-majors are offered the opportunity of involvement in a performing ensemble. The Concert Choir, Community Chorale, and Sensations Ensemble are available to vocalists, and instrumentalists can be involved in the jazz band and/or symphonic band. Each of these ensembles offers academic credit of one hour per semester.
The associate of arts degrees in philosophy involves reasoning and thinking critically about all areas of life: science, religion, art, politics and morality. Its purpose is to understand and evaluate our most basic beliefs and values and to integrate them in a coherent view of ourselves and the world.
The Developmental Reading and Writing program assists students in developing the ability to read and write effectively.