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Why study Humanities at PCC?

Portland Community College’s Humanities program provides you with opportunities to explore the human experience through a variety of windows such as:

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • History
  • Languages
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy

Classes are small and taught by faculty dedicated to your learning.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
University transfer 2 years at PCC + 2 years at university


What will you learn?

You will examine and interpret works from the viewpoint of several disciplines to better understand how individuals and societies perceive and project themselves. Perspectives include:

  • Cultural values
  • Environment
  • Gender roles
  • History
  • Political and social order
  • World views

What will you do?

Humanities students could find jobs in any field that requires an understanding of the human condition. Three broad categories are academics, media, and writing. Some specific professions include:

  • Archaeology
  • Business theory
  • Cinema
  • Entertainment
  • Journalism
  • Literary criticism
  • Teaching
  • Television and radio commentary
  • Writing

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