College of Humanities

College of Humanities

Humanities Provide Valuable Skills to Keep Society from Crumbling, CSUN Dean

Humanities and liberal arts the basis for a civil society

While politicians and even some colleges ponder the value of a liberal arts-based education, Jeffery Reeder, dean of California State University, Northridge’s College of Humanities, has no doubt that the lessons taught in those classes lay the foundation for society, and provide graduates with the tools for success.

“At the core of humanities disciplines—all of them—is asking questions about who we are as people, how we work together in groups and part of society and how we negotiate differences—whether it’s differences in goals, differences in ideologies, differences in our pasts or how we view our past,” Reeder said. “At the core of humanities are these questions: Why are we here? How did we get here? Where do we want to go, and how do we get there? Article continues on CSUN Today.

CSUN’s 2023 Wolfson Scholar Natalie Castillo

Natalie CastilloThe College of Humanities is proud to congratulate CSUN’s 2023 Wolfson Scholar Natalie Castillo. This prestigious award is presented each year to a high achieving senior in honor of CSUN’s first vice president, Leo Wolfson. Castillo, who is graduating with a double major in Central American and Transborder Studies and Biology, exemplifies the spirit of this award both in her academic excellence and through her contributions to the campus and the community.

When she was a senior in high school, Castillo did not necessarily have her sights set on higher education. That was until a counselor took notice of her impressive GPA and encouraged her to apply. As a first-generation college student, she chose a major in Biology to satisfy the prerequisites for dental school, an educational path that her parents thought would lead their daughter to a lucrative and stable career Wolfson Scholar Natalie Castillo continues

Introducing the 2023 Humanities Dean’s Scholar Samantha Alarcon

Samantha AlarconAfter six consecutive semesters on the Dean’s List in the College of Humanities, Samantha Alarcon is graduating with a degree in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Social Science. When Alarcon first visited CSUN, she was immediately drawn to the campus. “I loved the layout of everything,” she says. “And I was really intrigued by all of the campus organizations and events that took place. So much to be a part of.” Alarcon cites the dedication of educators in her own past as the inspiration for her desire to work with kids. So, when it came to deciding on a major, Liberal Studies was an easy choice. Dean's Scholar Samantha Alarcon continues


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CSUN Bridges Language Barriers for Spanish-Speaking Communities in Los Angeles

April 30, 2019

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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


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