Humanities is the study of literature, art (including architecture, sculpture,
dance and theater), history and philosophy. Our courses are unique in that we
engage a variety of disciplines to explore how diverse cultures throughout
history have come to understand fundamental questions such as who we are,
what our role in the cosmos is and what it means to live a good life.
Currently, the Humanities Department offers two courses that fulfill both the Foothill GE requirement for Area 1 (Humanities) and transfer to both the CSU and the UC. The courses offer students an overview of the philosophical and aesthetic ideas that have shaped the modern experience. For more information on each course, click on Course Details.
A Note on Textbook Prices:
The department is well aware of the negative impact that the high cost of textbooks has on community college students. Therefore, the department has made every effort to keep the prices of its textbooks as low as possible.
In addition to the more cost effective e-textbook option for Humanities 1A and 1B, customized editions of the textbook have been negotiated with the publisher (cutting the cost in half). The department is also committed to the long-term use of a particular edition, which facilitates the resale of the textbooks.