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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Humanities

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Humanities degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to receive an education in the diverse field of humanities, including language, philosophy, religion, art, music, performance, and literature. Coursework in this program supports students in their development of a rigorous and interdisciplinary lens to investigate the artifacts of human experience including intellectual and creative expressions, as well as cultural ideas and values of the ancient and modern worlds. As such, students develop habits of mind, such as creative and critical thinking skills and intellectual curiosity, that position them well for careers in a diverse array of fields and support lifelong learning. Graduates from humanities programs pursue successful careers in education, law, creative and professional writing, marketing and international business, social media production and management, government, the nonprofit sector, arts administration, and the helping professions.

Details

Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Degree Type
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Humanities (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8143
Total credits required
60-64
Catalog Year
2024-2025
Effective Term
Fall 2022
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Interpret the artifacts of human experiences from an interdisciplinary perspective informed by humanities disciplines.
  2. Compare artifacts of thought from a variety of perspectives in order to understand commonality and meaningful diversity in the human experience.
  3. Develop the habits of mind fostered by engagement with the humanities such as intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and an openness to diverse perspectives.
  4. Identify individual, social, global, and environmental responsibility through engagement with the humanities disciplines.
  5. Explain the relevance of the humanities to one`s personal and professional development.
  6. Utilize cultural resources to support lifelong learning and engagement with the community.
  7. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

$66,900

Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary

$80,590

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

$65,540

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

$65,190

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

$82,790

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$63,590

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

$76,020

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

$50,460

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Directors, Religious Activities and Education
  • Judicial Law Clerks
* Wage information sourced from the . Updated May 2022.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Pathway Map Option Details

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Full-time Sequence

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A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Part-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Restricted Elective Course Selections:

Anthropology: 
Any ASB course with a [HU] designation. 

Cultural Studies: 
Introduction to Popular Culture 3
Disability Studies 3
Asian Ideas and Values 3

Or any AHU, AIS, CCS, ITH, NVH, SPH, or WST course with a [HU] designation.

Dance: 
Any DAH course with a [HU] designation.

Theatre and Film Studies: 
Writers/Directors and Current Issues 3
Any topic Literature and Film course 3
Contemporary Global Literature and Film 3
Literature and Film 3
Contemporary U.S. Literature and Film 3
Shakespeare on Film 3
HUM/ Introduction to Cinema 3
HUM/ Introduction to Television Arts 3
HUM/ Women and Films 3
HUM/ Contemporary Cinema 3
Foreign Films: Classics 3
The Films and Career of Alfred Hitchcock 3
Hispanic Film 3
African-Americans in Film 3
Film Comedy 3
Film and History 3
Sociology Through Film 3

Or any COM, THP, THE, THF with a [HU] designation.

History:
Any HIS course with a [HU] designation.

Language:
Introduction to Linguistics 3
Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory 3 

Or any ARB, ASL, CHI, FRE, GER, GRK, HBR, HEB, ITA, JPN, LAT, NAV, PIM, POR, RUS, SPA with a [HU] designation.

Literature: 
+
Reading and Writing About Literature 3
+ Introduction to the Study of Language 3

Or any ENH with a [HU] designation.
Recommend or for students interested in pursuing a transfer in English Literature.

Music: 
Any MHL with a [HU] designation.

Philosophy: 
Any PHI course with a [HU] designation.

Religious Studies: 
Any REL course with a [HU] designation.

Visual Arts and Design:
Humanities Through the Arts 3

Or any ARH, ART, INT, or TEC course with a [HU] designation.

Interdisciplinary and Special Topics within the Humanities:
AFR/ASB/ Ethnic Relations in the United States 3
Ethics and the Administration of Justice 3
EDU/ Children`s Literature 3
EDU/HUM/ The Art of Storytelling 3
EDU/ENH/ Multicultural Folktales 3
Food and Culture 3
Games, Culture, and Aesthetics 3
Clinical Health Care Ethics 3
General Humanities 3
Contemporary Humanities 3
Honors Forum 1
Humanities: Universal Themes 3
Humanities: Universal Themes 3
Introduction to Holocaust Studies 3
Intercultural Perspectives 3
Sustainable Cities 3
Traditional Storytelling Around the World 3
Introductory Ethics: A Social Service Perspective 3

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD鈥檚 for additional details regarding the requirements of this award .

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.