YHC’s liberal arts foundation educates the whole person—mind, body and spirit—and encourages the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and truth. And at the heart of any great education are the humanities. The Division of Humanities provides students with opportunities to pursue their own interests within their chosen program while emphasizing the continuing development of their skills as thinkers, readers and writers. This freedom to interweave your own interests within a structured program is the core of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Our division helps you break away from what you already know and find your best self. Because educating the whole person isn’t just about academics, we focus on ethics across the curriculum, global understanding and the human condition. A small faculty-to-student ratio allows you to have one-on-one conversations in and out of the classroom. That means meaningful discussions on who you are, what you believe in and how you can contribute to the world. As a student of the humanities, you will sharpen your capacity for perceptive analysis and original thought, so you’re an invaluable asset on any team. You’ll learn to analyze complex issues, make reasoned judgments and express ideas effectively. These skills and habits will serve you throughout life, and will prepare you for a broad range of careers and graduate opportunities.
Students who choose to focus on Human Communication are exposed to many verbal and nonverbal aspects of the field, including personal, social and cultural components. Students who focus on cross-disciplinary contexts and research in Media Communication are exposed to a variety of issues surrounding the modern media environment.
Aspiring writers get innovative instruction in the theory and practice of writing poetry and prose. They develop their voices and follow their literary ambitions under the guidance and mentorship of published authors. Students are introduced to the craft of writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama.
Students learn to read literature in depth, understand its cultural context and write about it thoughtfully. This major prepares students for graduate study in English and related disciplines and helps develop skills essential to a variety of professions, including close analysis of difficult texts, advanced research methods, and the art of persuasive writing.
Studying religions is fundamentally an initiation into ways of responding well to cultural diversity. With courses in Buddhist thought, Christian scriptures, Islamic law and more, the study of religion gives you the opportunity to explore vastly different worlds of meaning and purpose in relation to the sacred.
This degree immerses you in the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. The program focuses on the development of speaking, reading, listening and writing skills so you can converse in Spanish on non-specialized and everyday life topics, as well as read and understand Spanish in specialized fields.