Arts & Humanities
Aldous Huxley in his 1954 book The Doors of Perception, captures the essence of why one should study the Arts & Humanities.
“To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world…this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone.”
The title of Huxley’s essay derives from William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Plate 14: the tree of life burnt; etching allegory: "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite," and inspired the name of the musical group The Doors. Blake and Huxley are encouraging us to meet the world with an open mind so that we can better know the truth.
Arts and Humanities studies do precisely that—they invite us to peer deeply inside and outside of our world through the examination of artistic achievements and philosophic ideas. Arts and Humanities courses incorporate the disciplines of Visual and Fine Arts, Music, Dance, Film, Philosophy, and Theater. These areas of study emphasize critical thinking, creativity, imagination, production and performance, and response to the arts and philosophy.
The Arts and Humanities courses in all of its programs emphasize core-value skills that are prized by all professions, and their study can lead to a wide variety of useful and highly rewarding careers. Our graduates often enter not only the fine and performing arts [including Graphic Design and Music Technology], but also the fields of education, the ministry, journalism, foreign service, human relations and community service, and a variety of communication fields utilizing 21st century media communication.
What bonds our academic offerings is a commitment to understanding the past, contending with pressing issues of the present, and visualizing a future where Arts and Humanities graduates utilize their learning and critical thinking skills in careers which permit them to express their creative and practical talents and skills, doing work that is both personally fulfilling and of service to their communities.
The Arts and Humanities Division offers courses which provide a major portion of General Education requirements and transfer to other colleges and universities. Course offerings include courses that help expand creative and cultural awareness and critical thinking. These courses can be used toward the completion of a certificate, an associate's degree.