Humanities

The distinguishing feature of all humanities subject area courses is their multidisciplinary nature. The courses are designed to instruct the student in the various characteristic viewpoints regarding the human condition from the perspective of disciplines such as art, classics, history, languages, literature, music, philosophy, religious studies and theater.

The Humanities program at College of DuPage serves as an essential support area for all students at the college by providing a better understanding of people's expressions, ideas and cultures. The courses can be used to meet part of the Humanities/Arts and International Studies General Education requirement for an associate's degree, provide a foundation for students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution, or meet the needs of students planning to enter all career fields. Students intending to pursue a career in the arts, government, law, business, journalism, teaching or human services will find the courses particularly useful.

Transfer-oriented, occupational-vocational and general interest students should consider these humanities courses: Introduction to Humanities: The Arts (1101) explores people's creativity as expressed in music, literature, and the visual and performing arts; Introduction to Humanities: Ideas and Values (1102) explores the nature of humans as reflected in the disciplines of philosophy, history, literature and religious studies; Non-Western Humanities (1105) focuses on the cultures of Asia, Africa and Pre-Columbian Americas; The Arts and Cultural Diversity (1110) explores the contributions of various social and ethnic groups to U.S. culture. Leadership Development (2210) assists students in developing essential leadership skills. These courses are offered in a variety of delivery formats, and students may choose the option that best suite their needs.

Program Requirements 

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.

Degree

  • Humanities, Associate in Arts

When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. Degree information and the worksheet can be found on the following files:

Faculty Advisors 

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

Timothy Clifford
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2626A, (630) 942-4263

Julia diLiberti
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2604D, (630) 942-2578

Kent Huffman
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2604F, (630) 942-3344

Josh Price
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2604E, (630) 942-2695

Larry Ward
McAninch Arts Center (MAC) Room 134, (630) 942-4174

If you are unable to contact an advisor, messages may be left with the Liberal Arts Division, BIC 2616, (630) 942-2047.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Julia diLiberti

    Julia diLibertiHumanities

    "I sometimes ask students to imagine a society with no arts, and we speculate on how that society would look, evolve, survive. Ultimately, students conclude that the arts would be hard to suppress since they are so vital to the expression of who we are."

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  • Kent Huffman

    Kent HuffmanHumanities

    "I have had so many good teachers throughout my life who have inspired me, and their examples continue to inspire me in the classroom. I want to make my classes as interesting as my teachers did for me."

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  • Tim Clifford

    Tim CliffordHumanities

    "I hope my students gain a renewed or deepened curiosity about the world around them. I am doing a disservice to my students if I can't spark their 'intellectual imagination,' as Bertrand Russell put it."

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