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What Will I Learn?

Capture new insights into everything from poetry and paintings to business and politics. Humanities courses will open your world to different cultures, explore what goes into making a work of art and give perspective on how history is made.

You’ll come away knowing more about our human experience and how to:

  • use creativity
  • think critically
  • reason logically
  • ask meaningful questions
  • weigh evidence skeptically
  • build writing and critical reading skills

When you study Humanities at JCCC, you’ll dive into an intellectual soup of moral, intellectual and spiritual issues. Take a look at a few examples:

  1. Exploring philosophy might spark thoughts about ethical questions.
  2. Surveying art history could make you wonder about the artists’ lives, their culture and creative decisions.
  3. Reading literature from other parts of the world could provide insight on democracy and religion.
  4. Studying history and anthropology could explain the past and at the same time give you a clearer picture of the present.


For almost every major, whether associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree, Humanities credits are required. You can fulfill your Humanities and general education requirements at a fraction of the cost at JCCC, then transfer your credits to a four-year school.

  • New active learning studios encourage collaboration and interactive discussion.
  • Visiting the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and attending shows in the Midwest Trust Center Series make homework fun.
  • Small class sizes, no more than 30, allow you to have one-on-one conversations with your professor.
  • Academic theatre, Ruel Joyce Recital Series and Jazz Series performances are free educational entertainment.
  • All of our Humanities classes fulfill state school requirements.
  • Many classes count toward Humanities and diversity requirements.
Michael Robertson, Professor and Chair, Humanities
"The study of humanities is like a lens that magnifies how the human spirit expresses itself."
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Be a visionary. Think about how you can find a career that aligns with your life passion. Humanities courses help you grasp a sense of self-direction. They reveal how your strengths can contribute to the professional world.

Consider an Associate of General Studies degree that’s heavy in Humanities if you want to become a professional:

  • activist
  • actor
  • artist
  • historian
  • linguist
  • musician
  • social entrepreneur
  • writer

With a bachelor’s in Humanities, you could land jobs like:

  • artist
  • community health worker
  • editor
  • interpreter
  • museum curator
  • sales agent
  • social and community service manager

With a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Humanities, you could pursue a career in

  • education
  • history
  • law
  • writing

Most classes will transfer. Check with a counselor who specializes in Humanities to find out details.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.