Our Department houses three disciplines, English, Philosophy, and Humanities. As an English, Humanities, or Philosophy student at College of Marin, you will learn to better understand a diverse array of cultural traditions by engaging with writing, literature, art, film, and philosophy at a challenging and sophisticated level. Many students find that studying the liberal arts is a transformative experience which enables them to see and understand the world around them in new and interesting ways.
The English Program provides students with an understanding and appreciation of the development and aesthetic achievement of literatures in English – including the cultural, linguistic, and historical influences on English, American and world literatures – as well as preparation in the craft of creative writing: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and other genres.
In Philosophy and Humanities studies, the Department provides students with diverse ethical, philosophical, and cultural perspectives. The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience. Since humans have been able, we have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language to understand and record our world. Knowledge of these records of human experience gives us the opportunity to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries.
Whether you choose to focus on literature, philosophy, writing, and rhetoric, or the humanities, our faculty hope to nurture insightful critical thinking, creative textual analysis, cogent argument, and a sensibility that is at once both analytically minded and socially conscientious. From ancient philosophy to digital media, from the close reading of Shakespearean verse to a critical analysis of African American poetry, the Department of English, Humanities, and Philosophy has many courses that will help you discover your own unique path.