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Humanities and Languages Emphasis, AA

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The intent of this degree is to prepare students for careers and/or higher education in the humanities and languages, generally, or in specific disciplines within this broad designation.

This degree emphasizes the methods and values of humanistic study. Students investigate the role that language, philosophy, literature, religion, history, and the arts play in the shaping of human cultures. The curriculum also encourages students to consider how the central traditions, values, ideas, and texts, and the aesthetic concepts of a culture, reflect the human condition.

Complete a minimum of 18 units from the following courses, with at least one course taken in three different disciplines:


  • RD 174

Total Units Required: 18

* LANGUAGE COURSES, PLEASE NOTE: Students who have acquired fluency in one language may elect to begin or continue in a second language, or to focus on the culture and literature related to the first language.

To obtain the Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in Humanities and Languages, students will have to:

  1. Complete
    1. The CSU General Education Certification pattern, a minimum of 39 units.
    2. The IGETC Certification pattern, a minimum of 36 units.
    3. The IVC Associate Degree General Education pattern, a minimum of 31 units.
  2. Complete a minimum of 18 units from the courses listed in the emphasis, with at least one course taken in three different disciplines.
  3. Complete any elective, degree-applicable courses needed to bring the total number of units to 60.
  4. Maintain a 2.0 overall GPA and a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P” in all courses taken in the area of emphasis.
  5. Satisfy the residency and competency requirements as stated on Associate Degree Graduation Requirements .

Students are advised to consult with faculty in the fields of interest within the emphasis to identify career areas and to consult with a counselor to clarify graduation requirements and/ or to determine specific transfer paths. The courses within each concentration described in the emphasis represent clusters of courses designed to prepare students for common traditional university major areas of study, for certificate programs, or for technical education certificates.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the AA degree with emphasis in humanities and languages, students will be able to

  • Analyze a representative text and write a well-supported, clearly articulated argument.
  • Read primary tex ts in their target language for general comprehension.

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