What is the Humanities? The Humanities is an interdisciplinary field that involves the study of local and global forms in the creative arts and sciences. The main objective of studying humanities at College of Alameda is to explore the aesthetics of everyday life from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. As a form of general education, the humanities encourages students to examine emerging forms of play, creativity, and innovation so that they learn to become more deeply engaged in their own lives and with the world-at-large.

The humanities will prepare you: (1) to transfer to any discipline of your choice at a college or university, and (2) to learn valuable life skills such as creative thinking, cultural competence, social activism, communitybuilding, and conflict resolution. An AA degree in the humanities can be applied to a range of careers in education, the arts, the sciences, business, medicine, nursing, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, theology, social work, tourism, and grass-roots and nonprofit organizations.



Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  • Explore the aesthetics of everyday life.
  • Analyze and interpret selected works of creative expression (such as visual, verbal, and kinesthetic arts) in relation to various historical and cultural contexts.
  • Explain the meaning of Humanities as a holistic range of disciplines that use different approaches to study forms of art and performance from around the world.
  • Examine diverse forms of play, creativity, and innovation around the world.
  • Integrate knowledge across disciplines to increase self-awareness and cultural competence.



    Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) may be assessed using:

  • Surveys
  • Questionnaires
  • Review of collected data
  • Other methods