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History and Humanities

Studying our past and our future, through the eyes of others, leads to increased and improved awareness. Through their stories, culture and forms of expression, especially art and literature, we learn more about ourselves and the world. Art and English (literature) have been the way that cultures and generations have communicated since the beginning of time and will continue to be a critical aspect of how we learn, share and express ideas.

In the humanities, you'll study all aspects of society - from past events and achievements to human behavior and relationships among groups. You learn how to learn, developing your skills in researching, reading, writing, and thinking your way through abstract problems. Since your career could involve constantly seeking new information about people, things, and ideas, intellectual curiosity and creativity are important personal traits. You'll acquire many marketable skills. Among them are critical thinking, problem solving, communication, writing, public speaking and research, to name just a few.

Cultural Studies will prepare you to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds by developing knowledge of traditions and social patterns found in cultural groups. Closely tied with history and the humanities, cultural studies fosters and promotes understanding. It offers the opportunity to develop a range of skills and knowledge through detailed analysis of contemporary theories of culture and the perspectives encountered in many career fields including government, nonprofits, law, social services, education and communication. EMCC focuses on Chicana/Chicano Studies.