At Seattle Central, Humanities classes focus on multicultural and diversity studies, film and media studies, and courses on popular culture. The humanities are the stories, the ideas, and the words that help us make sense of our lives and our world.

Earn a college transfer degree that includes Humanities classes. Planning to Major in Humanities? Download this handy guide (pdf).

The humanities introduce us to people we have never met, places we have never visited, and ideas that may have never crossed our minds. By showing how others have lived and thought about life, the humanities help us decide what is important in our own lives and what we can do to make them better.

By connecting us with other people, they point the way to answers about what is right or wrong, or what is true to our heritage and our history. The humanities help us address the challenges we face together in our families, our communities, and as a nation.

Humanities Courses Offered

  • Visual Thinking
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to Film
  • Hip–Hop Theory and Culture
  • Sports and Culture
  • World Cinema
  • History of Film
  • Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • Sequential Art: Comic books, manga, and graphic novels


Daudi Abe
University of Washington, M.Ed., Ph.D. (Multicultural Education)

Osei Bonsu
Old Dominion University, Finance, B.S. 
Texas A&M International University, M.B.A.
Old Dominion University, International Studies, Ph.D.

Michael Faucette
University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
University of Washington, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Taare Giday
Oregon State University, M.S. (Geography)

Veronica Barrera–Kolb
The Evergreen State College, B.A.
Pacific Oaks College Northwest, M.A.
University of Washington, M.C.

Jacqueline Ortoleva
California State University, M.A. (Humanities)
University of Southern California, M.A. (Education)

Leonard Rifas
University of Washington, M.A., Ph.D. (Communication)

Humanities – Learning Outcomes

Students who take courses in Humanities earn credit in the Visual, Linguistic, Performing Arts (VLPA) area of knowledge for the AA degree by

  • understanding language and languages as universal human phenomena and as tools of communication, persuasion, and self–expression
  • understanding the role of literature in expressing and reflecting aspects of human experience
  • understanding the role of drama, music, and art in expressing and reflecting all aspects of human experience.

Depending on the course taken, Humanities courses meet communication, critical thinking, global learning, and/or intercultural knowledge outcomes for the AA degree, as students

  • explain meaning of written work, presentations, arts, and media in different contexts
  • present oral, signed, written, or other forms of expression to increase knowledge, foster understanding, or promote change in an audience
  • explore issues, ideas, phenomena, and artifacts to define problems or to formulate hypotheses
  • analyze evidence to formulate an opinion, identify strategies, develop and implement solutions, evaluate outcomes, and/or draw conclusions
  • analyze complex, interdependent national and global systems, and their legacies and implications, in reference to the distribution of global power
  • reflect on how one's position in systems of power affects both local and global communities
  • apply a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts