College of Humanities

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College of Humanities

A Statement in Response to Recent Acts of Hate

We condemn the expression of racism, fascism, white supremacy, and bigotry that resulted in violence and death in Charlottesville in recent days. As leaders in the College of Humanities, we stand in solidarity with communities that were targeted; communities of color, LGBTQ, immigrant, Jewish, and Muslim communities. At a time like this, it is particularly important to reaffirm the mission of our College, which values the diversity of cultures that make up the human experience. As part of an educational institution, we encourage dialogue and an exchange of ideas. Yet, we educate our students to think critically and discern between ideas that have value and those that are rooted in hatred, false premises (such as racial superiority), and false equivalencies. We explicitly reject white supremacist arguments that endeavor to increase inequalities and devalue large sections of humanity while promoting violence and genocide. It is our job as educators to help our students understand the difference between ideas that take us forward as a society and those that lead to divisiveness, denigration, and destruction.  Our mission as a College to educate responsible global citizens committed to principles of diversity, equality, and justice for all is more important than ever.

In Solidarity,

Elizabeth A. Say, Dean, and the Administrative Council of the College of Humanities

HSI Pathways to the ProfessoriateWelcome 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.

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Humanities Open Classes - Fall 2017

Captioning Videos Used in Instruction

Closed captioningThe University has launched a new website: The purpose of the site is to provide unified content for faculty and students regarding captioning. As a reminder, we are required to caption videos used in instruction. The website provides useful information on captioning options for both content creators and consumers.

Featured Events

Speculative Futures of Race Symposium

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 10:30am to 7:00pm

Speculative Futures of Race Symposium

The Speculative Futures of Race Symposium is a one-day conference addressing speculative and futurist approaches to critical issues of race in theory and practice, art and activism. The Symposium highlights the evolving political, social, and artistic movements of Afrofuturism, Arabfuturism, Latinofuturism, Indigenous Futurism, Afrosurrealism and Astroblackness. 

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VIII CSUN Philosophy Student Conference

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 8:45am

The Philosopher, oil painting, Rembrant

A one-day student conference open to the whole CSUN community. There is no need to be a Philosophy major or minor to submit a proposal or to participate in the conference. The program will be organized around the presentation of about six student papers (which will be selected by a philosophy faculty committee in a blind-review process). Read more

Dr. Gorica Majstorovic: Humanities, Hispanism, and The Dream of America in Alfonso Reyes

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Gorica Majstoroiv

Alfonso Reyes (1889-1959) wrote “Notas sobre la inteligencia americana” (1936) and Ultima Tule (1942) to interrogate standard notions of universal humanism, and advocated—among other ideas—an American utopia, while fully acknowledging coloniality as the central problem of modernity. Drawing from Reyes’ “Visión de Anáhuac” and its evocation of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan Mexico, this talk sets into conversation Reyes’s subsequent  Read more