The Humanities are classes which focus on the value of human existence. It is often said that the humanities help us make a life that is worth living. Classes in the Humanities emphasize critical thinking, values clarification, a global perspective and an appreciation of diversity. Courses in the Humanities are central to a well-rounded, well-considered educational program. The Humanities seeks to deepen wisdom by viewing knowledge as a whole rather than compartmentalized. It is the goal of the humanities to create and sustain lives that are personally satisfying and supportive of healthy communities.
Palo Alto College offers two courses in the Humanities: HUMA 1301 – An Introduction to the Humanities and HUMA 1302 – World Cultures and Global Issues. Students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Humanities should base all course selections on the degree plan from the institution to which they plan to transfer. Students who intend to major in Humanities and have not yet decided on the senior college that they will attend should follow Palo Alto College’s generic degree plan for Humanities.