Humanities (AA) Area Majors Total Units: 18.0

Term Effective: Fall 2024

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Previous Versions:

Humanities - effective Fall 2023
Humanities - effective Fall 2022
Humanities - effective Fall 2021
Humanities - effective Fall 2020
Humanities - effective Fall 2019
Humanities - effective Fall 2018
Humanities - effective Fall 2017
Humanities - effective Fall 2016
Humanities - effective Fall 2013
Humanities - effective Summer 2012
Humanities - effective Spring 2012
Humanities - effective Summer 2011
Humanities - effective Fall 2010
Humanities - effective Summer 2010
Humanities - effective Fall 2009
Humanities - effective Fall 2008
Humanities - effective Fall 2007
Humanities - effective Fall 2006
Humanities - effective Fall 2004


The Humanities major is intended for the student who wants to explore the arts, ideas, values, and cultural expressions of the world's peoples as a foundation for lifelong learning or as an introduction to the related fields of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies, Art History, Music Appreciation, Theatre Arts, Philosophy, English Literature, Modern and Classical Languages, or Religious Studies. This major is broad and exploratory in nature and is not intended to fulfill the requirements for transfer in a specific field.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify components and approaches of the Humanities as an academic discipline;
  2. Communicate knowledge of topics and themes related to art, cultures and societies worldwide orally and in writing;
  3. Apply humanistic methodology to analyze features of cultural and ethnic groups;
  4. Analyze and interpret significant texts, artifacts and traditions within a broad cultural and historical framework; and
  5. Identify and investigate a focus on one or more disciplines for further study.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Humanities program are:

  • Complete 18.0 units from
    • Humanities Major Requirements

Humanities Major Requirements - complete 18.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 18.00 units from the following:
ANTHRO 31Mesoamerican Origins of Latino Culture3.00
ANTHRO 43Native American Art and Culture3.00
ARCH 2.1History of World Architecture: Prehistory to Gothic3.00
ARCH 2.2History of World Architecture: Gothic to 20th Century3.00
ARCH 2.3History of World Architecture: 20th Century to Contemporary3.00
ART 1.1Introduction to Art of the Ancient World3.00
ART 1.2Global Art from 1500 CE to Present3.00
ART 1.3Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Art3.00
ART 1.4Introduction to Mesoamerican and Andean Art3.00
ART 2.1History and Appreciation of Ancient Mediterranean Art3.00
ART 2.2History of European Art: Medieval to Rococo3.00
ART 2.3History of Modern Art in Europe and North America3.00
ART 2.5Women and Art Since 15003.00
ART 3Introduction to Art and Design3.00
ART 4Principles of Color3.00
ART 5Three Dimensional Design3.00
ART 7ADrawing and Composition 13.00
ART 69Introduction to Cartooning and Sequential Art3.00
ASL 1Elementary American Sign Language - Part 14.00
ASL 2Elementary American Sign Language - Part 24.00
ASL 3Intermediate American Sign Language - Part 14.00
ASL 4Intermediate American Sign Language - Part 24.00
CHIN 1Elementary Chinese - Part 14.00
CHIN 2Elementary Chinese - Part 24.00
COMM 2Introduction to Performance as Communication3.00
DANCE 2Survey of Dance History3.00
DANCE 7The History of Jazz Dance3.00
ENGL 1BLiterature and Composition3.00
ENGL 2Introduction to the Novel3.00
ENGL 3Introduction to Poetry3.00
ENGL 7Introduction to the Short Story3.00
ENGL 9Contemporary World Literature3.00
ENGL 10Introduction to Environmental Literature3.00
ENGL 11Introduction to Dramatic Literature3.00
ENGL 12Children's Literature3.00
ENGL 14Dystopian Literature3.00
ENGL 22Ethnic Diversity in American Arts and Literature3.00
ENGL 25Introduction to Language Study3.00
ENGL 27Introduction to Shakespeare3.00
ENGL 30.1American Literature: Pre-Colonial Period to the Civil War3.00
ENGL 30.2American Literature from 1865 to the Present3.00
ENGL 31African American Literature3.00
ENGL 32Asian American and Pacific Islander American Literature3.00
ENGL 33Chicano/Chicana Arts and Literature3.00
ENGL 36LGBTQ+ Arts and Literature3.00
ENGL 46.1Survey of English Literature Part 13.00
ENGL 46.2Survey of English Literature Part 23.00
FREN 1Elementary French-Part 14.00
FREN 2Elementary French-Part 24.00
FREN 3Intermediate French-Part 14.00
FREN 4Intermediate French-Part 24.00
GD 15History of Graphic Design3.00
GERM 1Elementary German-Part 14.00
GERM 2Elementary German-Part 24.00
GERM 3Intermediate German-Part 14.00
GERM 4Intermediate German-Part 24.00
HIST 1.1World History to 15003.00
HIST 1.2World History Since 1500 C.E.3.00
HIST 4.1History of Western Civilization to 1648 C.E.3.00
HIST 4.2History of Western Civilization from 1648 C.E.3.00
HIST 17.1History of the United States to 18773.00
HIST 18.1History of Women in the United States to 18773.00
HIST 18.2History of Women in the United States Since 18773.00
HUMAN 4.1Western Humanities: Arts, Ideas, and Values3.00
HUMAN 5World Humanities: Arts, Ideas, Values3.00
HUMAN 6Humanities in the United States3.00
HUMAN 7Introduction to the Humanities3.00
HUMAN 8Comparative Mythology3.00
HUMAN 14Popular Culture in the United States3.00
HUMAN 23Culture and Values in Latin America and The Caribbean3.00
HUMAN 24California Culture3.00
HUMAN 25Monsters3.00
HUMAN 26Friendship3.00
INDE 62History of Interior Design3.00
ITAL 1Elementary Italian-Part 14.00
ITAL 2Elementary Italian-Part 24.00
ITAL 3Intermediate Italian-Part 14.00
ITAL 4Intermediate Italian-Part 24.00
JAPAN 1Elementary Japanese - Part 14.00
JAPAN 2Elementary Japanese - Part 24.00
MEDIA 4Introduction to Mass Communication3.00
MEDIA 6Media, Culture, and Identity3.00
MEDIA 10Film Appreciation4.00
MEDIA 14Early Film History4.00
MEDIA 15Modern Film History4.00
MEDIA 17Contemporary World Cinema4.00
MEDIA 44Media Criticism3.00
MUSC 6.1Music History and Literature: Antiquity to 17503.00
MUSC 6.2Music History and Literature: 1750 to Present3.00
MUSC 7Music Appreciation3.00
MUSC 8World Music Appreciation3.00
MUSC 9Jazz Appreciation3.00
MUSC 10Survey of American Music3.00
PHIL 6Introduction to Philosophy3.00
PHIL 7Contemporary Moral Issues3.00
PHIL 9Political Philosophy3.00
PHIL 10Philosophy of Peace and Nonviolent Action3.00
PHIL 11Introduction to Asian Philosophy3.00
PHIL 12Environmental Philosophy3.00
PHIL 20History of Western Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval3.00
PHIL 21History of Western Philosophy: Modern3.00
PSYCH 9Introduction to Behavioral Sciences Statistics3.00
RELS 1Introduction to Religious Studies3.00
RELS 2World Religions3.00
RELS 3History of God3.00
RELS 6.66History of Satan3.00
RELS 7Wisdom Religions of Asia3.00
RELS 8Buddhism3.00
RELS 15Islam3.00
RELS 21The Jewish Bible and the Birth of God3.00
RELS 22Jesus and the Invention of Christianity3.00
RELS 32Religion in America3.00
SPAN 1Elementary Spanish-Part 14.00
SPAN 2Elementary Spanish-Part 24.00
SPAN 3Intermediate Spanish-Part One4.00
SPAN 4Intermediate Spanish-Part 24.00
SPAN 40Introductory Spanish for Spanish Speakers4.00
SPAN 41Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers4.00
THAR 1World Theatre Through Time3.00
THAR 2Introduction to Theatre Arts3.00
THAR 6Multicultural Perspectives in American Theatre3.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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