Humanities/Interdisciplinary Studies

Humanities/Interdisciplinary Studies

About the Program

The Humanities and Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies Program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of culture, viewing human artistic and intellectual creation as deeply interwoven with history, politics, civil society, and religion, as well as science and technology.

AWARD TYPES: Associate in Arts

AREA OF STUDY: Liberal Arts, Humanities & Education

Academics

This program is part of the

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Center of Excellence

 

The Associate in Arts (AA), the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), and the Associate in Science (AS) degrees  can give you a good start before transferring to a four-year university.

Degrees and Certificates

Humanities/Interdisciplinary Studies - certificates

Women & Gender Studies Certificate

The WGS Certificate is a 12 semester credit hour academic certificate designed to help the student understand women’s and gender issues as a fundamental category of social and cultural analysis; to help the student link gender with class, race, ethnic, and sexual identification; and to help the student analyze the diversity of experiences concerning women and issues of gender identity and expression. It provides a unique foundation for various majors and careers, including education, social and behavioral sciences, criminal justice, math, engineering, and many others. (All courses are core curriculum courses and will transfer as core to all Texas public universities.)

Required Foundation Courses (take both) – 6 sch

Choose one course from two of the following categories – 6 sch

Language Philosophy & Culture

Creative Arts

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Mexican American/Latino Studies Certificate

The Mexican American/Latino Studies Certificate is a 12 semester credit hour academic certificate designed to help you understand Mexican American/Latino culture from different perspectives. It provides a unique foundation for various majors and careers, including elementary education, social and behavioral sciences, criminal justice, and many others. Additionally, for those pursuing degrees or certificates in various workforce and applied science fields, the Mexican American/Latino Studies certificate enhances your familiarity and understanding of diverse cultures in preparation for employment in an increasingly multi-cultural region. (All courses are core curriculum courses and will transfer as core to all Texas public universities)

Required Foundation Course 1 (choose one course from the following) – 3 sch

Required Foundation Course 2 (choose one course from the following) – 3 sch

Choose one course from each of the following categories – 6 sch

Creative Arts

Component Area Option

Africana/African American Studies Certificate

The Africana/African American Studies Certificate is a 12 semester hour certificate program designed to help students understand Africana/African American culture and experience from various perspectives and viewpoints. It affords students the opportunity to examine “Blacks in the Diaspora ,” and understand the diversity and complexities of these unique people. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for the following career and education choices: college/university transfer, majors such as education and liberal arts, the social and natural sciences, criminal justice, and the visual and performing arts. Additionally, for those pursuing degrees or certificates in various workforce and applied science fields, the Africana/African American Studies certificate enhances your familiarity and understanding of diverse cultures in preparation for employment in an increasingly multi-cultural region. (All courses are core curriculum courses and will transfer as core to all Texas public universities.)

Foundation Courses (choose two courses from the list below) – 6 sch

Choose one course from two of the following categories – 6 sch

Language Philosophy & Culture

Creative Arts

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Global Studies Certificate

The Global Studies Certificate is a 12 semester hour academic certificate designed to aid students in understanding the complex interrelationships between nations and their inhabitants. The program utilizes a cross disciplinary approach, encouraging students to embrace global issues from multiple perspectives. This certificate will provide a unifying framework to help students contribute to our increasingly interconnected world as responsible global citizens. It establishes a unique foundation for the pursuit of varied majors and careers, from liberal arts and social science to international business. (All courses are core curriculum courses and will transfer as core to all Texas public universities)

Required Foundation Course 1 – 3 sch

Required Foundation Course 2 (choose one course from the following) – 3 sch

  • ENGL 2332 World Literature Ancient World to the 16th Century,
  • ENGL 2333 World Literature 17th Century to Present,
  • HUMA 2323 World Cultures, or
  • PHIL 2316 Classical Philosophy
  • PHIL 1304 Intro to World Religions
  • *These courses fulfill the Language, Philosophy, & Culture requirement

Choose one course from each of the following categories – 6 sch

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • ANTH 2351 Cultural Anthropology, or
  • GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography

Component Area Option

  • Any 3-4 hour Foreign Language course chosen from ARAB, CHIN, FREN, GERM, JAPN, KORE, SPAN, VIET

Program Outcomes

STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

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Recognize a variety of works in the arts and humanities.

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Evaluate how those works express individual and human values within a historical and social context.

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Develop an informed subjective response to works in the arts and humanities.

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Critique works in the arts and humanities using systematic methods.

Program Information

General Requirements

To be eligible for an Associate in  Arts (AA), an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), or an Associate in Science (AS) degree from HCC, a student must successfully:

Complete at least 60 semester hours of credit as follows: (a) for the AA degree, 43 hours of required core courses and 17 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major (b) for the AAT degree, 44 hours of required core courses plus 16-18 hours of required pre-teaching courses (c) for the AS degree, 43 hours of required core courses plus six additional hours of mathematics, four additional hours of natural science, and 7 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major.

Additional Degree Requirements

A student who has received an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution must meet specific requirements to earn an additional degree from HCC.

  • The student must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours at HCC for each additional degree. These hours may not repeat credit applied from a previous HCC degree.  These hours may not be satisfied through credit by exam.
  • All additional hours must be applicable toward the additional degree. If the student has prior credit in required courses, appropriate substitutions may be arranged.
  • All courses required by the specific HCC program of the additional degree must be completed.
  • A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be earned on all hours since the previous degree.
  • Academic courses from previous degrees may be applied to an additional AAS degree required academic core where equivalent and appropriate, which waives the need for approval, except where program restrictions prevail.
  • If the first degree was an Associate in Arts, an Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate in Science, a bachelor degree, or higher degree from an accredited educational institution in the United States, the student will be considered to be “Core Complete”, thus needing to complete only the requirement of 18 additional semester hours at HCC toward a new associate degree.
  • Each additional academic associate degree obtained from HCC must be of a different type.  Thus, a student may only obtain one Associate in Arts, one Associate of Arts in Teaching, and/or one Associate in Science from HCC. For example, if one degree from HCC was an AA, then any additional degrees must be an AAT, AS, or AAS.
  • Multiple Associate of Applied Science degrees may be earned from HCC if all AAS program requirements are met including earning at least 18 additional semester hours at HCC, 12 of which must be earned in the major program of the additional degree. In most cases, however, there is only one AAS degree allowable per workforce program. See counselor or program chair for clarification.
  • Multiple workforce Certificates of Completion may be earned from HCC if all program requirements are met for each certificate including earning at least 9 additional unique semester hours at HCC toward the major program of the additional certificate.
  • All other state and institutional graduation requirements, including TSI policies and financial obligations, must be met.

Employment

Humanities/Interdisciplinary Studies majors may find employment in business, government, nonprofits, social services, and educational institutions.

Online Program Restrictions

Language Option Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. At this time, the only language option currently available online is Spanish. If you would like to take courses in a language other than Spanish, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online. If an elective course is not available online, it will be denoted in the program’s degree plan.

Required Course Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs may require students to participate in one or more campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. If a program requires participation in a campus-based course, the campus-based course will be denoted in the program’s degree plan.

Potential Course Restrictions
Some courses may require students to participate in campus-based laboratory sessions or proctored examinations. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.

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Humanities/Interdisciplinary Studies

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