What will I learn?

This degree is designed for students who wish to study a broad range of the arts: music, dance, visual arts, architecture, literature, drama, film, philosophy and history. Through this course of student students will learn to analyze, interpret, and compare a diverse range of art forms and cultures while deepening their understanding of the arts as human expression and honing their critical thinking and writing skills.

The associate in arts in humanities degree is both an interdisciplinary and integrative degree dedicated to the student of arts and ideas in their cultural contexts and to the comparative analysis of the arts. The degree provides a well-rounded and rich background in the creative and intellectual expression of major world civilizations, intellectual and cultural movements, and cultural works of creative expression. Humanities students develop skills in artistic analysis, aesthetic judgments, and other modes of critical thinking. Students develop the ability to view cultural material from multiple perspectives, appreciate and evaluate diverse forms of cultural expression, and understand the criticism and theory regarding major artistic works, styles, forms and movements. DVC humanities students who intend to transfer must consult with a program advisor or counselor to ensure that the requirements for transfer to four-year institutions of their choice are met. Students who intend to transfer are advised to select either General Education Option 2 (IGETC) or Option 3 (CSU GE). General Education Option 1 (DVC General Education) is appropriate for students who do not intend to transfer.

To earn an associate in arts degree in humanities, students must complete each required course with a “C” grade or higher and complete general education requirements. Degree requirements can be completed by attending classes in the day, the evening, or both. Certain courses may satisfy both major and general education requirements; however, the units are only counted once.

Students completing the program will be able to...

A. use their critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate both formally and contextually, a variety of creative works and literary documents.

B. compare and contrast the historic meaning and impact of works selected from the various arts, and from philosophic and religious literature.

C. recognize and explain the integration of arts and ideas in selected cultural, historical, and thematic contexts.

D. demonstrate their ability to articulate clearly in oral and written form objective analysis of major works from the various arts, and from philosophic and religious literature.

Possible career opportunities

The study of humanities can open up career opportunities in such diverse fields as advertising, banking, editing, publishing, teaching, writing, Foreign Service, library science, law, public administration, museum work, website design, archaeology, cultural anthropology, art criticism, tourism and journalism.

Which department am I in?

Diablo Valley College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$7,728.00 per year
Tuition and fees based on 12 units

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2021

Start date

25 January 2021


Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill Campus,

321 Golf Club Road,



94523, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

A student is eligible for admission if he or she has graduated from a regionally accredited high school, or is 18 years of age or older and is no longer in high school, or has passed the State of California Certificate of Proficiency Test (CHSPE) or the General Educational Development Test (GED).

English proficiency

  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) - 61
  • Paper based TOEFL (PBT)- 500
  • IELTS - Academic test - 5.5
  • ITEP - 3.5
  • IEC (International Education Center) - Completion of Adv. B level certificate
  • ELS Centers - Completion of EAP Level 109 certificate
Note from client: this is just for Fall 2020, but at least students will know they can still apply (in fact even a bit later probably).

About this uni

Academic programs lead to university transfers where students can earn a bachelor’s degree at a top U.S. university.

  • Three community colleges and an intensive English program
  • San Francisco Bay Area location
  • Tuition is approximately USD 20,000 for two years (60 units)
  • Top international student transfer college to UC Berkeley