College of Humanities

  • 2015 Grads: Chicana/o Studies
  • Chicano Studies mural
  • Students seated in mural-covered classroom

About the College

With ten academic departments and five interdisciplinary programs, the College of Humanities is the most diverse college at Cal State Northridge. The College comprises disciplines that traditionally make up the study of Humanities — including Philosophy, English, and Modern & Classical Languages — while also housing the oldest and largest Chicana/o Studies Department in the United States and the only Central American and Transborder Studies Department in the country. Also, core to the College is the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies & Liberal Studies which puts CSUN among the top three institutions in California in preparing K-6 educators for the classroom. Among the College's newest programs are minors in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Queer Studies, and Civic & Community Engagement. In all, the College offers students over 40 major, minor and graduate degree paths, with many potential options for specialization.

Studies in the Humanities prepare students to graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing, highly diverse and internationally competitive world. Our students find career opportunities in wide-ranging fields, including the legal and medical professions, nonprofit organizations, interpreting and translating services, journalism, advertising, creative and technical writing, human resources, banking, teaching, and countless others. Whether you major in Gender & Women's Studies, Religious Studies or Asian American Studies; prepare for a career in elementary education; or study in any of our other fields, what holds all our programs together is our commitment to exploring and valuing the diversities of cultures, thought, perspectives, literatures and languages of humanity.