Welcome from the Department Chair

The Humanities Department at SJSU is home to approximately 300 majors in our three BA Programs: Humanities, Creative Arts, and Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation. Each semester, the Department also serves approximately 1,300 undergraduate students from majors all over campus in our General Education classes.

As of Fall 2021, the Department is especially excited to further embrace the New Humanities with its two newest courses: HUM95 Introduction to Digital Humanities and AMS139 Animals & Society. We thank you for your interest in our Department!

— Dr. Shannon Rose Riley, Department Chair

Winter 2023 Semester: Open Seats Available

Need GE Area "S"? Open seats available for CA 172: ARTS in US SOCIETY. .

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New Course for Spring 2023 Semester

Brand new course for the Humanities Department to run in the Spring 2023 semester. Be on the look out for HUM/AMS 160-01: Special Topics: "Water & Culture".

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World Creation Lore

Spring 2023: Open Seats Available

Open seats available for all sections of AMS 1A: American Cultures, Pre-Colonization-1865 in the Spring 2023 semester. 

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A list of faculty advisors by degree program and how to contact them.

About Us

Learn about the Humanities Department, our mission, our faculty and staff, and more.

BA Programs

The Department of Humanities is proud to offer 3 degree programs, 2 GE programs and several minors that compliment any degree pathway.

Faculty/Staff Directory

Meet the Department of Humanities Faculty and Staff!


Our department couldn't be as successful as it is without your support. We contribute to student success through various scholarships, programs, workshops, and more. Consider making a donation to help promote and enhance scholarly success and achievement.