The distinguishing feature of all humanities subject area courses is their multidisciplinary nature. The courses are designed to instruct the student in the various characteristic viewpoints regarding the human condition from the perspective of disciplines such as art, classics, history, languages, literature, music, philosophy, religious studies and theater.

The Humanities program at College of DuPage serves as an essential support area for all students at the college by providing a better understanding of people's expressions, ideas and cultures. The courses can be used to meet part of the Humanities/Arts and International Studies General Education requirement for an associate's degree, provide a foundation for students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution, or meet the needs of students planning to enter all career fields. Students intending to pursue a career in the arts, government, law, business, journalism, teaching or human services will find the courses particularly useful.

Transfer-oriented, occupational-vocational and general interest students should consider these humanities courses: Introduction to Humanities: The Arts (1101) explores people's creativity as expressed in music, literature, and the visual and performing arts; Introduction to Humanities: Ideas and Values (1102) explores the nature of humans as reflected in the disciplines of philosophy, history, literature and religious studies; Non-Western Humanities (1105) focuses on the cultures of Asia, Africa and Pre-Columbian Americas; The Arts and Cultural Diversity (1110) explores the contributions of various social and ethnic groups to U.S. culture. Leadership Development (2210) assists students in developing essential leadership skills. These courses are offered in a variety of delivery formats, and students may choose the option that best suite their needs.

Program Requirements

Please consult a faculty member listed below before beginning your coursework.


  • Humanities, Associate in Arts

When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. Degree information and the worksheet can be found on the following files:


If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the faculty member you wish to reach:

Timothy Clifford
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2433A, (630) 942-4263

Julia diLiberti
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2537D, (630) 942-2578

Adam Fotos
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2537F, (630) 942-3167

Josh Price
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2537E, (630) 942-2695

If you are unable to contact a faculty member, messages may be left with the Liberal Arts Division, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2047.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Josh Price

    Josh PriceHumanities

    “Both philosophy and religious studies are, of course, alive and well at COD, but the Liberal Arts Division also addresses literature, music, fine art and history. In my courses, all of these subjects are addressed relationally. They are not treated in isolation from one another, and I believe this approach allows a course to be more than the sum of its parts.”

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  • Spotlight: Julia diLiberti

    Julia diLibertiHumanities

    "I sometimes ask students to imagine a society with no arts, and we speculate on how that society would look, evolve, survive. Ultimately, students conclude that the arts would be hard to suppress since they are so vital to the expression of who we are."

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  • Spotlight: Tim Clifford

    Tim CliffordHumanities

    "I hope my students gain a renewed or deepened curiosity about the world around them. I am doing a disservice to my students if I can't spark their 'intellectual imagination,' as Bertrand Russell put it."

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  • Spotlight: Caitlyn Luetger

    Caitlin LuetgerHumanities

    “I want (students) to take away the fact that the arts or some of these other subjects are not exclusive for people wearing monocles and sipping champagne. Arts and literature and films and philosophy are accessible by everyone. You don’t have to be born into a particular social class to understand a painting. Any person in every way can connect with these topics.”

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