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The humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture. The humanities use methods that are primarily critical, or speculative, and have a significant historical element—as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences.

Career Options

Career options​ for students who get a degree in humanities include: communications director, content strategist, editor, technical writer, instructional designer, proposal manager, human resources specialist, journalist, public relations specialist, operations research analyst, and school counselor.​

​​Student Voice

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Graciela Arzola Graciela Arzola

Graciela Arzola first stepped onto the Norco College campus 10 years after graduating from high school. Her children encouraged her to go to college and the Puente program with its “Yes, you can” motto sustained her and helped her overcome the self-doubt that haunted her. Graciela graduated from Norco College in 2013 with AA degrees in Social Behavioral Studies, Humanities, and Communication Studies. She was accepted into the competitive Social Work program at Cal State San Bernardino.

“Once I got into the Puente program, I had professors telling me that I could make my dreams come true,” said Graciela. “They taught me how to take the ‘ifs’ out of my life. It’s ‘when’, not ‘if’.”

Academic Programs in Humanities

The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.

​School Trailhead for Arts & Humanities
Suggested Initial Coursework​​
​​Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Humanities, Philosophy & Art​s - CSU Pathway


Additional Resources

​​What can I do with this major? (Humanities/Liberal Studies)
​​​​​Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)​​​​
​​​California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
​​​​​Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system

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