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Humanities Distribution

HUMANITIES DISTRIBUTION  

Tacoma Community College creates meaningful and relevant learning, inspires greater equity, and celebrates success in our lives and our communities.

The Humanities Distribution Area includes seven (7) disciplines

The Humanities Distribution Area includes courses from the following disciplines: Art, Communication, Humanities, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and World Languages

 >> Each of these disciplines has its own, comprehensive website. 

>> Click on a discipline below for a brief description or visit the discipline’s comprehensive website.

 

DEGREES AND COURSES FOR MAJORS

Associate in Music degree (DTA/MRP Transfer Degree) NEW! The new Associate in Music degree is a 101-104 credit hour program that enables you to transfer as a junior to a Music degree program at the bachelor level at Washington state university.

Associate in Arts  (Option A) (DTA/MRP Transfer Degree) The Associate in Arts is a generalist degree program of 90 credit hour program that enables you to transfer as a junior to a Bachelor’s program at a Washington state university This degree program is a more general degree whereas the Associate in Music is a degree that specializes in Music.

 

COURSES FOR NON-MAJORS

All humanities distribution area courses offered can be used to meet Humanities Distribution Requirements for the associate degree.  For a complete listing of courses that can be applied toward the Humanities Distribution Requirement, please see the Approved Distribution Course List.

 

HUMANITIES DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENT

In order to earn an associate’s degree at TCC or to achieve successful transfer to a bachelor program, you will need to include at least 15 credit hours courses from the Humanities Distribution. These courses need to be selected from at least two disciplines. No more than one World Languages course can be applied toward this requirement.

Please peruse the program descriptions below for each of the disciplines included in the Humanities Distribution Area.  Most courses from these disciplines can be applied to meet the Humanities Distribution Areas.

 

ADVISING AND INFORMATION

If you would like to learn more about the humanities, our academic programs, guided pathways, distinction opportunities, or how the humanities are relevant for your prospective career, please contact the program chair or faculty advisor team for the discipline (see below).

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS - Humanities Distribution Area

Art  -  Communication  -  Humanities -  Literature  -  Music - Philosophy - World Languages

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Art Program

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

Program Website: http://www.tacomacc.edu/areasofstudy/collegetransfer/art

Contact and Advisor Information:

Degree Options: Associate in Arts  (Option A) (DTA/MRP Transfer Degree) with a Concentration in Art

The Art Program offers courses under two prefixes, ART& and ART, and provides

  • An introduction to understanding and appreciating the visual arts (fine arts, crafts, architecture, and new media) from a global perspective
  • A study of the organization of visual elements as applied in a variety of two-dimensional design media
  • Training in the basic elements and principles of design how to apply them to three-dimensional space
  • Foundation in drawing from observation with emphasis on composition, new media, and visual communication concepts
  • Exploration of art materials and techniques suitable for classroom use; includes planning and assessment components directed at art education
  • An introductory survey of Western art's foundation and early development to the present
  • Exploration of color theory for advanced studies in two-dimensional media.
  • Portfolio for application to a transfer institution

mahaffey at ceramic wheelThe Art Program includes a comprehensive performance skill program and offers introductory to intermediate and advance level performance skill training in

  • Representational painting, compositional aesthetics, and painting techniques
  • Drawing from the posed model, clothed and nude
  • Visual structure concepts using two-dimensional design
  • Creating ceramic forms using hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques
  • Traditional and contemporary print processes including relief, etching, and lithographic methods
  • Black and white and in digital photography
  • Sculpture design, materials, techniques, tools and approaches
  • Sculpture, including modeling, mold-making and casting; carving of stone, wood and plaster, fabrication techniques of wood and metal; and metal casting with iron, bronze and aluminum 

 

Communication Studies Program

Photo for communication studiesThe Communication Studies program offers instruction in a wide range of communication areas including public speaking, mass media, and multicultural communications. Studies in this area can help prepare you to perform better in a variety of professions, including business, law, teaching, and ministry. 

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college communications program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop math skills needed for college-level communications courses.

Most Communication Studies courses offered can be applied to meet Humanities Distribution requirements for transfer and degree purposes.

Program Website: http://www.tacomacc.edu/areasofstudy/collegetransfer/communicationstudies/

Contact and Advisor Information:

Degree Options: Associate in Arts  (Option A) (DTA/MRP Transfer Degree)

The Communication Studies Program offers courses under two prefixes, CMST& and CMST, and provides

  • An exploration of how culture shapes the communication interaction
  • An introduction to the preparation of and process required to develop and deliver oral presentations
  • A survey of fundamental principles of communication theory
  • A study on aspects of interpersonal communication in relationships
  • An introduction to the preparation and delivery of oral presentations in an extemporaneous style

Humanities ProgramImage result for humanities

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

Program Website: http://www.tacomacc.edu/areasofstudy/collegetransfer/humanities/

Contact and Advisor Information:

Degree Options: Associate in Arts  (Option A) (DTA/MRP Transfer Degree)

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 motion picture 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 history, philosophy, religion, art, architecture and literature of a culturally significant city.

 

Literature ProgramPhoto for Humanities

TCC’s Literature program provides an exploration of literature, myths and folklore of various cultures, including English, American and non-Western from classical to contemporary times and includes a creative writing program with two in-house student publications.

The Literature program offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college English Literature or World Literature 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.

Program Website: http://www.tacomacc.edu/areasofstudy/collegetransfer/english/Literature/

Contact and Advisor Information:

Degree Options: Associate in Arts  (Option A) (DTA/MRP Transfer Degree) with a Concentration in Literature or Creative Writing

The Literature Program offers courses under two prefixes, ENGL& and ENGL, at the 200+ level*, and provides

  • A comparative study of myths and folklore throughout the world.
  • pile of booksA survey of contemporary non-Western literature.
  • A study of the Bible as Literature.
  • An introduction to the literatures of various cultures.
  • An exploration of classic and contemporary fiction and poetry for children
  • A survey of English literature from the major periods of English literature
  • Survey of American literature from the beginnings through contemporary times.
  • A study of American fiction written since 1960 with an emphasis on the major writers and themes of contemporary fiction.
  • Introduction to Shakespeare through a study of several of his tragedies, histories, comedies, and sonnets.

quill and pen imageThe Literature Program is also home to TCC’s Creative Writing Program, which offers

Note on Program Planning:

  • Before enrolling in their first English 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. Successful completion of a college-level English course is recommended for 200-level courses. Placement testing
  • TCC’s 100 level courses in ENGL& and ENGL are part of the Communication and Composition program.  The ENGL& 095 and ENGL& 100 courses generally constitute prerequisites for 200 level courses in the Literature Program.

  

Philosophy ProgramImage result for philosophy

Philosophy Program offers an introduction to the discipline of Philosophy.  Through our curriculum you will explore the traditional areas of philosophical inquiry, including the nature of reality, the nature of knowledge, and the existence of moral and aesthetic values.

Philosophy courses offered can be applied to meet Humanities Distribution requirements for transfer and degree purposes.

Program Website: [under construction]

Contact and Advisor Information:

Degree Options: Associate in Arts  (Option A) (DTA/MRP Transfer Degree)

Currently, the philosophy program is limited to the offering of PHIL& 101, Introduction to Philosophy.  As the demand for philosophy courses at TCC grows, we hope to expand our course offering once again to include courses on Critical Thinking, Logic, World and Regional Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Political Philosophy and Ideology.

 

Music ProgramPhoto of students playing string instruments

The Music program provides an introduction to music of various cultures of the world, performance skill training in digital music, instrumental and vocal performance, in addition to a concert band, jazz big band, an orchestra, and vocal and mixed choirs and ensembles. 

TCC’s Music program offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college music program (college-level courses designed for transfer to a bachelor degree program) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level Music courses. Most courses offered can be applied to meet Humanities Distribution requirements for transfer and degree purposes.

Program Website:  http://www.tacomacc.edu/areasofstudy/collegetransfer/music

Contact and Advisor Information:

Degree Options: 

The Music program offers courses under two prefixes, MUSC& and MUSC, and provides

  • An introduction to music of various cultures of the world
  • An introduction to using computers and digital audio work station applications to make music
  • An introduction to strategies and applications of music in the classroom (for education majors)
  • Performance skill training in guitar, piano, and vocal performance
  • A non-auditioned mixed chorus which rehearses and performs a broad variety of both sacred and secular choral music.
  • A mixed, non-auditioned chorus which rehearses and performs music specifically within in the "gospel" genre
  • A traditional concert band, made up of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments
  • A jazz big band ensemble made up of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and rhythm section instruments
  • Mixed chorus which rehearses and performs a broad variety of both sacred and secular choral music
  • A vocal ensemble whose members are selected by audition
  • Advanced preparation and performance of orchestra music
  • A study of diatonic harmony

 

World Languages Programimage for world languages

The World Languages program provides instruction in Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, and Spanish and helps students develop skills to communicate effectively and creatively in present, past, future, conditional, and hypothetical situations in the target language and culture.  As part of the program, students interpret a wide range of materials and increase understanding of the target culture.

The World Languages program offers the first year language and culture course sequence in Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, and Spanish, a college-level course sequence designed for transfer to a bachelor degree program. The program currently offers second year courses on demand.

World Languages courses offered can be applied to meet Humanities Distribution requirements.  Additionally, most bachelor programs require the first year sequence or part of the sequence for successful transfer and degree purposes.  (See World Language Requirements in Universities of the Region)

Program Website:  http://www.tacomacc.edu/areasofstudy/collegetransfer/worldlanguages

Contact and Advisor Information:

Degree Options: Associate in Arts  (Option A) (DTA/MRP Transfer Degree)

The World Languages program offers courses under language specific prefixes, Arabic (ARAB), Chinese (CHIN&), German (GERM&), Japanese (JAPN&), and Spanish (SPAN&) and strives to provide instruction in an immersion environment.

In TCC’s World Languages immersion sequence, basic tenants of communications including reading, writing, speaking, and listening (in the target language) are developed in a dynamic second language acquisition environment enhanced by technology. Grammar is used as a communication tool to express meaning as students take part in small group discussions, cultural investigation, and presentation. Students should expect to be immersed in the language. English is used at a minimum.

WORLD LANGUAGES ROTATION SCHEDULE

 

ROTATION SCHEDULEFALLWINTERSPRINGSUMMER
Arabic I – ARAB 121XX  
Arabic II – ARAB 122 XX 
Arabic III – ARAB 123  X 
Chinese I – CHIN& 121XX  
Chinese II – CHIN& 122 XX 
Chinese III – CHIN& 123  X 
German I – GERM& 121XX  
German II – GERM& 122 XX 
German III – GERM& 123  X 
Japanese I – JAPN& 121XX  
Japanese II – JAPN& 122 XX 
Japanese III – JAPN& 123  X 
Spanish I – SPAN& 121XXXX
Spanish II – SPAN& 122XXXX
Spanish III – SPAN& 123XXX 

X = scheduled to be offered

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

TACOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Division for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Building F2

6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466-6100

Dean: Dr. Yvonne Unnold

Administrative Specialist: Melanie Johnson

Faculty Support: Deborah Lewis

 

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