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Academic Program

STUDY HUMANITIES AT TCC

The human condition.

Humanities are areas of academic study that try to answer the ancient question: "What makes us human?" Is it the languages we speak, the art we create, the way we think and act, or the way we record and understand our human history? Start forming your own opinion with the humanities courses at TCC!

Study the Human experience and sharpen your view of the world and your future in it.

 

HUMANITIES PROGRAM

TCC’s Humanities program provides an introduction to local and global humanities through the study of art, theater, dance, literature, cinema and/or music.

The Humanities program offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college humanities program (college-level courses designed for transfer to a bachelor degree program).  Most courses offered can be applied to meet Humanities Distribution requirements for transfer and degree purposes.

Our Mission

TCC’s Humanities Program creates meaningful and relevant learning both from a local and a global perspective, fosters intercultural and multicultural competencies, and enables students to develop an understanding of the human experience.

Our Vision

TCC’s Humanities Program prepares students for a professional future in which they can apply their local, global and interdisciplinary understandings and connections to make a difference in their career and in society.

 

DEGREE PLANNING AND ADVISING

Associate Degree Options

The Associate in Arts degree is a transferable degree that enables you to continue your studies and complete a bachelor’s degree at a four year university of your choice. 

Associate in Arts Degree (PDF) (transferable)

o   Option A (PDF) or Option B (PDF)

Students who wish to transfer should check the specific requirements of the four-year institution of their choice, as admission and degree requirements vary across colleges and universities.  Also see World Language Requirements for Bachelor Programs in the area (WA).

As described in the TCC catalog, Option B may be more appropriate for the student who intends to major in a Humanities discipline, since it is an agreement between the student and the transfer university to complete lower division requirements at TCC before transferring. 

 

Humanities Program Faculty Advisor Team

Faculty Advisor Team: Allen Braden, Mary Chen-Johnson, Linda Ford, and Dr. Richard Wakefield

Our Humanities Faculty Advisors look forward to supporting you on your educational and professional pathway. Faculty advisors are available throughout the academic year and can provide general and detailed advising and career counseling to help you achieve your educational goals.  We recommend that you reach out to us if a career in Humanities interests you so that our faculty advisors may guide you toward completion of your Associate Degree and successful transfer into a bachelor degree program.

Our faculty advisors will help you establish an educational pathway that meets your goals from start to finish and will be available to support you throughout your studies at TCC.  Make your first appointment today!

 

HUMANITIES CURRICULUM

Humanities Offerings for Winter 2017

The Humanities Program offers courses under two prefixes, HUM& and HUM, and provides:

  • An introduction to the humanities through investigation of current cultural events offered by local communities
  • An introduction to the global humanities through the study of six major art forms from the ancient to our contemporary world
  • A general introduction to a Pacific Rim culture (Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico or Central America) emphasizing history, language, literature, arts, politics, economy, and society
  • An introduction to the unique contributions of American art, theater, dance, literature, and/or music by various American ethnic cultures
  • Study in techniques and the development of cinema as an art form
  • A study of a theme or topic through its expressions, notably literature, drama, music, film, painting, sculpture and architecture
  • An in-depth study covering the various arts of humanities.

 

Humanities Course Descriptions

Humanities PrefixCourse NumberTitleCatalog DescriptionPrerequisite(s)
HUM&101Introduction to HumanitiesAn introduction to the humanities through investigation of current cultural events offered by local communities. Study of the arts - painting, sculpture, architecture, drama, film, music and dance - will be enhanced by attending performances and on-location field trips to sites in the community. Students will become familiar with terminology of the arts and with community performance/demonstrations of these same arts.ENGL/ 095
HUM&116Humanities IAn introduction to the global humanities through the study of six major art forms: literature, drama, music, painting, sculpture, and architecture from the ancient world to 1400. The course will focus on connecting ideas and beliefs with their expressions.ENGL/ 095
HUM&117Humanities IIAn introduction to the global humanities through the study of six major art forms: literature, drama, music, painting, sculpture, and architecture from 1400 to 1800. The course will focus on connecting ideas and beliefs with their expressions.ENGL/ 095
HUM&118Humanities IIIAn introduction to the global humanities through the study of seven major art forms: literature, drama, music, film, painting, sculpture, and architecture from 1800 to the present. The course will focus on connecting ideas and beliefs with their expressions.ENGL/ 095
HUM110Introduction to Pacific Rim CulturesA general introduction to a Pacific Rim culture (Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico or Central America) emphasizing history, language, literature, arts, politics, economy, and society.ENGL/ 095
HUM120The Multicultural Arts ExperienceAn introduction to the unique contributions of American art, theater, dance, literature, and/or music by various American ethnic cultures.ENGL/ 095
HUM130Introduction to FilmStudy in motion picture techniques and the development of cinema as an art form.ENGL/ 095
HUM131Introduction o Film ProductionProvides students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of aspects of the film-making process. Students will explore and engage in various technical elements of the art of filmmaking, in part by taking active roles in the writing, acting, filming, and editing of various film production projects. By gazing through the lens of the camera, students will develop their own understanding of film as a contemporary art form, while also accentuating their film analysis and interpretation skills.ENGL/ 095 and HUM 130
HUM179Themes or Topics in HumanitiesA study of a theme or topic through its expressions, notably literature, drama, music, film, painting, sculpture and architecture. Various themes or topics will be studied from quarter to quarter. May be taken twice as themes and topics are different each offering.ENGL/ 095
HUM285The CityAn in-depth study covering history, philosophy, religion, art, architecture and literature of a culturally significant city. A different city, time, and place will be studied each quarter Humanities 285 is offered.ENGL/ 095

The prerequisites require a minimum of a C grade or equivalent in the courses listed as prerequisites. Before enrolling in their first Humanities course at TCC, students must take an English language/reading placement test unless they have taken a college-level English class within the last two years.    Most Humanities courses consider the ENGL& 095 course or equivalent a prerequisite.  

>> More info on Placement testing.

 

Bachelor Degree & Transfer Options (Selection)

At TCC we are committed to helping you reach your educational and career goals.  In Humanities this typically requires a bachelor degree or higher.  Here are some of the local options available: 

Evergreen State College: community studies, cultural studies, history, language studies, linguistics, literature, Native American and indigenous studies, performing arts, philosophy, visual and media arts

University of Puget Sound: Asian Languages & Cultures, German Studies, Global Development Studies, International Political Economy, Latina/o Studies, Latin American Studies

University of Washington, Seattle: Humanities Programs, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media, Comparative History of Ideas, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

University of Washington Tacoma: American Studies, Arts, Media and Culture, Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies, Global Studies concentration (TGBLS), Hispanic Studies (THISP), Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Sustainable Urban Development, Urban Studies

Western Washington University: American Cultural Studies, Art History, Chinese Language and Culture, East Asian Studies, English — Literature Emphasis, Environmental Studies/Journalism, German, History, History/Social Studies, Humanities—History of Culture, Interdisciplinary Concentration: Law, Diversity & Justice Emphasis, Japanese, Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Multidisciplinary Studies, Music — History and Literature Concentration, Philosophy, Political Science, Political Science/Social Studies, Politics/Philosophy/Economics, Theatre

 

HUMANITIES PROGRAM IMPORTANT LINKS

Program Overview: Academic Program Information, Associate Degree Options

Academic Program: Academic Program, Degree Planning and Advising, Curriculum, Bachelor Degree and Transfer Options

Academic Resources: Academic Program Faculty, Faculty and Advisor Contact Information, Community Engagement, Scholarships

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or if you have any questions, suggestions or need guidance. Thank you!

 

DIVISION FOR ARTS, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES


Tacoma Community College, Building F-2

*     Humanities Program Chair: Allen Braden

*     Humanities Faculty Advisor Team: Allen Braden, Mary Chen-Johnson, Linda Ford, and Dr. Richard Wakefield

*     Dean for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Dr. Yvonne Unnold

*     Administrative Specialist: Melanie Johnson

*     Faculty Support: Deborah Lewis

 

 

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