College of Humanities
College of Humanities Statement on Tree of Life Mass Shooting
Our deepest sympathies and condolences go to the victims, survivors and loved ones of those impacted by the heinous act of terror that took the lives of eleven people at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA. We strongly condemn the anti-Semitic, white supremacist motivations behind this act of terrorism. Similarly, we condemn the racially motivated killing of two African Americans in Jeffersontown, KY that took place just last week.
The violent rhetoric of hate and white nationalism that has become more acceptable on the national stage increasingly puts many at risk, especially communities of color, and Jewish, Muslim, LGBTQ and immigrant communities. The mission of our college is to educate students about the diversity of cultures and help them become responsible global citizens committed to principles of diversity, equality and justice for all. This is clearly more important now than ever, as critical thinking skills are necessary to deconstruct and resist violent and false rhetoric. Today, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community that was targeted, with Black victims of hate crimes, and with all who are the targets of hate and violence.
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.
Join us for our Robert and Maureen Gohstand Reading Room Lecture series featuring Dr. Maryanne Wolf, author of Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World. Read more
The Black Youth Guidance Forum (BYGF) is a day-long leadership program for CSUN students in the Africana Studies Urban Studies option, credential candidates, and Liberal Studies majors. We will also include African American youth and other youth of color, school stakeholders (e.g. parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and staff), and nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County.
The theme for the program this year is Financial Fitness: What does Health have to do with it?" with keynote speaker Rory Douglas. For more information about the BYGF and to register please, Read more
Congratulations to Gema Ludisaca and Modje Taavon, recipients of the 2018-19 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in English! Read more
Jessica Aceves and Christel Bowen, who both are minoring in Civic and Community Engagement, took top prizes from the Office of Community Engagement’s sponsored Annual Research and Service Learning Symposium. Aceves and Bowen are among the CSUN students graduating with this new interdisciplinary minor, housed in the College of Humanities. Read more