College of Humanities
Welcome to Humanities
As education becomes ever more focused on professional degrees and vocational training, employers increasingly report that what they seek is not necessarily more specialized degrees but rather people who can think, who can synthesize, who can analyze, and who can apply a broad base of thought to a wide variety of areas. The College of Humanities teaches students to read, write and think. Our graduates are prepared for a 21st-century workforce that advances those who have the power not just to achieve and innovate but to communicate their ideas to an audience beyond their applied field.
Professor Beatriz Cortez, Department of Central American and Transborder Studies, is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities and versions of modernity, memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures. Read more
A presentation by Gary Powers, Jr., author of Letters from a Soviet Prison (2017) and Spy Pilot (2019) Read more
For her contributions to the community, CSUN Asian American Studies professor Tracy Lachica Buenavista recently received the Community Engagement and Scholar Activism Award at the 10th annual UC Davis Equity Summit. Read more
Danielle Snali is the 2020 College of Humanities Dean’s Scholar. She is a Religious Studies major, with a Gender and Women’s Studies and History minor, and has accumulated a 3.98 GPA in her studies at CSUN. Danielle is an HSI Pathways/Mellon Student Fellow in the competitive Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Pathways to the Professoriate Program. Her research project for Read more
Heidi Schumacher, staff coordinator for the HSI Pathways program and a faculty member in GWS and English, is one of the 2019 recipients of the prestigious Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring awards. Read more
Dr. Svetlana V. Tyutina (MCLL) has been elected as the Chair of the MLA Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee (January 2020-January 2021). Delegate Assembly is the legislative body of the Modern Language Association, the largest organization in the field of languages and literatures in North America. More information about the DAOC charge
Dr. Mauro Carassai, from the English Department and the Liberal Studies Program, explores the importance of the humanities to the data sciences.
In fields involved with knowledge production, unsupervised machine-learning algorithms are becoming the standard. These algorithms allow us to statistically analyze data sets that exceed traditional analytic capabilities. Why Data Sciences Increasingly Need the Humanities continues
In the United States, Spanish is the most common non-English language spoken in homes, yet limited-English proficient Spanish speakers hit communication barriers in most major industries, such as business, healthcare, legal, government and education.
California State University, Northridge’s Department of Modern & Classical Languages and Literaturesis attempting to bridge these language barriers with the implementation of advanced Spanish translation service-learning courses on the legal and business communities. Read more