2017-2018 Catalog

Arts and Humanities

Humanities Program Learning Outcomes

College of Arts and Humanities


Master of Arts

Art and Humanities in the City Option

Music and Intellectual Inquiry Option


Annemarie Perez, Program Coordinator
Dana Belu, Bill DeLuca, Lorna Fitzsimmons, Pat Gamon, Tom Giannotti, Benito Gomez, Jonathon Grasse, Jim Jeffers, Lynne Loeb, Jose Lopez Morin, Scott Morris, Rodney Oakes
Program Office: LCH A-338, (310) 243-3636

Emeriti Faculty

Bryan Feuer

Program Description


All students at CSU Dominguez Hills are required to take the HUM 200 lower division course, a ground level introduction to ideas, concepts and a good number of works of art, literature, music and philosophy drawn from the Renaissance and Modern (including the Harlem Renaissance) periods of history. This is not a survey course, but rather a concentrated examination of two important periods in human history. Written works, art works and musical examples will be used to broaden the student's perception, and also to trace the course's main theme of tradition and change.

To continue the student's experience in the humanities beyond the lower division HUM 200 course, the General Education requirements for bachelor's candidates include one additional course selected from the HUM 310, HUM 312, and HUM 314 sequence. These courses, concerned with key concepts, movements and issues, focus on one particular theme in contrast to the broadly-based HUM 200 course.


The Humanities Graduate Program provides post-baccalaureate students the opportunity to study the traditional humanities fields--philosophy, literature, history, music, and art--in the context of contemporary interdisciplinary topics, as well as in courses devoted to the methodology and current concerns of specific disciplines. Courses enable the critical evaluation of the visual and performing arts, as well as the ideas, cultures and individuals which have shaped our society. Program courses are designed around the theme of the city. Skills in advanced writing, research, and presentation are exercised in seminars and in a final research or creative project.

Designed for professionals such as teachers for whom the possession of a master's degree has practical as well as personal value, the program also serves the student who is continuing his/her college education for the enrichment of lifelong learning.

Minor Program

Humanities minor students study contemporary and historical topics in literature, philosophy, history, performance and the visual arts in world civilizations and cultures. Each course emphasizes a single topic from the perspective of two or more Humanities disciplines, focusing upon primary sources, and significant works of art and literature, as well as ideas, movements and individuals, that have helped to define values, civilizations, and the human condition. Skills in writing, critical analysis, oral participation, and evaluation of the arts are fostered through course work.

The minor program provides balance to a major or applied field such as management or the sciences, and it extends a liberal arts major, providing the opportunity to refine the skills demanded in professional or graduate schools, as well as offering the benefits of academic and personal enrichment.

Academic Advisement


Students should see the Program Coordinator for advisement in the Humanities Office.

All students are urged to see an advisor upon admission to the University, and further, upon completion of 60 semester units, and during the first semester of the senior year.


Students must see the Humanities Program Coordinator. Once in the program, students are requested to stay in close touch with their advisor for course selection and choosing a topic for the Thesis or Final Project.



High school students are urged to take as many courses as they can in the areas covered by the humanities: art, literature, music, philosophy, and history. Personal experiences, such as performing in a high school band, orchestra or chorus, or taking part in a theatrical production, or being in a poetry reading and writing group, will also be valuable preparation for college work.

Community college transfers are encouraged to participate in some of the many high level activities in the arts and humanities provided at California Community Colleges.


For students preparing to enter the Master of Arts in Arts and Humanities Program some prior experience with courses or individual study in the areas of art, music, literature, history, and philosophy is required. Foreign languages also provide valuable preparation for this program.