Hillyer College


The Humanities are the core of a liberal arts education that prepares you for a thoughtful, active, and ethical life. 

About the Program

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Learn from our faculty who are experts in the disciplines of:

  • History
  • Art History
  • Philosophy
  • Communication and Speech
  • Music
  • Theater
No matter what class you take, you will connect what you study to the contemporary issues that affect us all.  Your professors will guide you through class discussions as you question the past and seek to understand the traditions and histories of the world’s diverse peoples.

Global Studies Concentration

Understand globalization from an economic, political, cultural, and sociological perspective. You will also get the chance to study abroad with a Hillyer faculty member to get a first-hand look at the topics you study.

This concentration applies toward the Associate in Arts degree. For a full list of requirements, please visit our course catalog.

Global Studies Courses

You will choose five classes from a wealth of courses on non-Western cultures. Options include:

  • Global History
  • Perspectives on Globalization
  • World Archaeology
  • Global Pop Music
  • Literature Across Cultures
  • Introduction to World Religions


Featured Core Requirements

  • Academic Strategies
  • Critical Literacies
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Environmental Science

Career Outlook

Many careers benefit from the thinking and communication skills provided by a humanities education, including:

  • Business
  • Law
  • Education
  • Social work
  • The Arts

Rebecca Townsend

Assistant Professor, Communication

Research Interests: Rhetoric and culture of communication; deliberation in public engagement, government and public policy; language and social interaction

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Why do you enjoy teaching students in Hillyer?

Communication is one of the major ways humans shape society. I love teaching students about communication because there is always the hope they will shape it better than the way they found it. Students can gain new abilities, and cultivate their own personal, professional, or civic capacities. They can make positive changes for themselves and our world.

Michael Robinson

Professor, History

Research Interests: History of science, history of exploration

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Why do you enjoy teaching students in Hillyer?

A lot of students hate history. Some are bored. Others are intimidated. It’s a huge thrill when I see them change their minds.

Faculty & Staff

Fran Altvater
Associate Dean of Student Academic Services; Assistant Professor of Art History
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Robert Churchill
Associate Professor of History
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Mari Firkatian
Professor of History
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Ju-Yong Ha
Assistant Professor of Music
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Michael Robinson
Professor of History
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Scott F. Scribner
Professor of Philosophy
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Rebecca Townsend
Assistant Professor of Communication
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Daniel Williamson
Department of Humanities Chair; Professor of History
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