Apr 01, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Humanities: AA

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Associate of Arts | 61 credits minimum

Humanities, Language and Culture Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
AAB 165
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-4338
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor AAB 237B, (801) 957-3866

Associate Dean
Dr. Paul Allen

Program Faculty
Associate Professors − Dr. Jane Drexler, Dr. Alexander Izrailevsky, Suzanne Jacobs
Assistant Professors - Dr. Wijitha Bandara, Claire Peterson

Program Description
The Humanities Program provides students a broad variety of courses in Humanities, Philosophy, and Cultural Studies including Religious Studies. These courses range from general surveys to specialized topics. The essentially interdisciplinary character of the program combined with the diversity of the methodological approaches and pedagogical devices used by the faculty create an effective educational model to introduce students to both the classical foundations of world cultures and to the recent developments arising out of them. The program goes far beyond an emphasis on coverage and content; each course cultivates attentiveness to written words and auditory and visual images, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary understanding. Additionally, all regular offerings carry General Education designations.

As structured, the program is designed to provide students with a vehicle to broaden their perspectives and deepen their understandings of the world around them as well as provide a variety of avenues to further education. In addition to a core class and a 2000-level language intended to aid transfer to a 4-year institution, students in the program may choose from among four emphasis tracks depending on their areas of interest or desire for more specialization. These are: General Humanities, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Culture. Students will take a minimum of 3 courses in a track.

Note: Students must receive a minimum of “C” grade or better in all program required courses.

Career Opportunities
A Humanities education develops in students the fundamental skills upon which all professions rest: analytical thinking, critical reasoning, logic, clarity of expression, and lucid writing. Humanities graduates enjoy careers in such diverse fields as advertising, banking, foreign service, journalism, law, public administration, publishing, and teaching.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students
Estimated cost of books and supplies per semester $100 to $150

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
Students will:
  • Demonstrate the fundamental knowledge to be able to transfer to a variety of four-year degrees.
  • Understand key concepts, events, personalities, and varieties of media relating to the history, expression, and importance of key questions about the human condition and the values upon which those questions are based.

1, 2, 4, 5


Students will articulate and convey intended meaning effectively using verbal and non-verbal methods of communication that demonstrate an understanding of the methodologies of the humanities and key concepts/issues regarding the human condition. 2
Students will think independently, analytically, critically, and creatively about the products of culture and the information they contain. Specifically they will be able to:
  • identify, analyze and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own and others’ work
  • read, view, and listen to a variety of humanities texts - poems, play, stories, speeches, paintings, symphonies, etc. - and demonstrate improved facility in comprehension, interpretation, and argument
  • learn to situate the events and patterns, customs and beliefs, thoughts and symbols of people throughout time in their appropriate cultural contexts
  • make connections across disciplines
Students will develop broader perspectives and a deeper understanding of their community and the world through an understanding and appreciation of human diversity. 5

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose One Course (3-4 Credits) from the Following

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits from One of the Following

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or DEPTH) 3 Credits

  • For this program, students may select an additional DV course.

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3
Social Science (SS)   3
Physical Science (PS)   3

NOTE: The department recommends, but does not require, students take one of the following for the Interdisciplinary (ID)  course: 

Language (LN) 5 Credits

Emphasis Tracks: (9 Credits)

Select 9 credits from any one of the elective tracks below. See the Department Chair or an advisor for options.

Elective Courses: (3 Credits)

Complete 3 credits from any college course numbered 1000 or above.

Sample Schedule

Total: 15

Spring Semester

Total: 15

Fall Semester

Total: 16

Spring Semester

  • HUMA ELEC (2) 6
  • Diversity 3
  • Distribution 3
  • ELEC 3

Total: 15

Advising Notes:

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. The semesters in which courses are taught are listed below. Students should check the semester class schedule for day/evening availability and modifications caused by varying enrollment.

Departmental Offerings

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