exploring big questions, lifelong career mobility.

Do you like exploring the big questions?

— questions like, "what does it mean to be human? What is a good life? What does it mean to be a good citizen? Why are we sometimes moved to respond to suffering, and why do we often do nothing? What is true, and what is sacred?" In short, are you driven to understand who we are, where we have been, and where we are going?

You can explore questions like these by studying history, international studies, languages, literature, philosophy and religion. In these fields, we learn to ask our own big questions and create a clearer view of the future.

in the humanities,

  • We develop competitive skills important to nearly any job or field of work: self-reflection, and reading and writing critically and flexibly.
  • We explore the big questions in literature and stories, languages and discourses, historical and sacred texts, poetry, arts, philosophies and performative acts.
  • We connect disciplines and perspectives to solve problems and reason effectively.
  • We make and discover meaning together, through dialogue and collaboration. 
  • We seek out patterns, underlying values and shared meanings.
  • We trace ideas and practices back through time and across geographical space. 
  • We sharpen skills to help us live, work and think creatively, critically and ethically.
  • We foster civic awareness and community engagement.
  • We guide common efforts, problem solve, analyze, adapt to new situations and take initiative. 

If all of this interests you, then you're likely to thrive in the Humanities. The first step to lifelong career mobility and personal enrichment is a degree in the Humanities from SLCC.

degrees offered

Most Humanities students earn associate's degrees and transfer to four-year schools, though we do offer stand-alone certificates to help you begin work after your time at SLCC. 

Available Programs

American Sign Language & Interpreting
English, Linguistics and Writing Studies 
World Languages
Religious Studies
and more.

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Decide to Succeed at SLCC

You Belong Here. Apply Now.

Already accepted? Visit MySLCC, your personal information hub, to learn about our simple enrollment process.

Explore Your Area of Study

Not ready to pick a major? Meet with a Career Coach. Together you’ll discover new majors, relevant career options, and choose the best classes to help you explore your interests. Schedule an appointment now.

Start taking the right courses

Not ready to pick your classes? Start with the first 5 classes suggested for your Area of Study. You'll earn fifteen transferable credits to keep you moving forward while you settle on a major. Register now.

Plan with Your Advisor

Academic Advisors help you make experience-based plans for your pathway. When we say experience, we mean both the street smarts you bring to SLCC and any “a-ha!” moments that happen during your first semester.

Save Time, Save Money: Follow Your Plan

Transfer and graduation plans don’t need to be complicated. Your advisor will help you graduate and transfer to a four-year school or join the workforce in the fastest, most cost-effective way possible.

Become a Student with Staying Power

SLCC faculty teach in high-impact ways. Your first-year experience will give you staying power within and beyond the classroom.

Celebrate Your Success!

You made it! But that doesn’t mean we’re any less here for you. SLCC Alumni have access to career services for up to 1 year post-graduation and our transfer center can field continuing questions.

SUGGESTED First 5 Classes

Not ready to pick a major, or even your first classes? Start here. While you explore, your advisor will help you choose from the programs within Humanities. If you decide to change your major or Area of Study, your advisor can help adjust your academic plan to reach your goals.

HIST 1700 (American Civilization) AI 
ART 1010 (Exploring Art) or ART 1080 (Digital Media) FA
MATH placement
ENGL 1010 or placement 
Area Exploration Course (choose one):

ENGL 1100 (Diversity in popular u.s. literature) HU
HUMA 1010 (Essentials of humanities) HU


The first day of school can be disorienting; we’re here to make sure it’s just the opposite. Before day one, you’ll meet with your Humanities advisor and a group of other first-year students to learn about scheduling appointments and registering for the right courses.

Excited to meet your advisor? Have you applied to SLCC? Great! We're waiting for you at orientation.

Sign up for new student orientation now.

You choose when and where. It's free, and breakfast or dinner is provided. Online options are also available.

Whatever program you choose, count on 2 face-to-face pit stops with your advisor along the way. We will, too. Find your advisor by Area of Study and major now.

Academic Advisors

Luz Gamarra (Spanish-speaking)
Philip Anosike (Ibo-speaking)

Career Services

Need help exploring careers or areas of study? What about finding a job or an internship? If you’re overwhelmed and not sure where to begin, Career Services is here to help. Whether it’s learning about your skill set, scholarships, resumes, cover letters, networking, interviewing or salary negotiation, our team of trained Career Coaches, Peer Mentors and Employer Specialists can help you create an individualized life plan — and stick to it.

We’ll help you better understand who you are, what you want to do professionally and the steps to take to get there. Engaging with Career Services early and often is the most important step toward achieving this goal and feeling confident in your life direction.

Career Coach

Ray Taylor
Still have questions about choosing your area? Focus 2 Career can guide you.

Available Programs


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