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Our mission is to prepare you to be an ethical, creative, and critical thinker and doer in a multicultural and increasingly interconnected global society. Toward that end, we offer a comprehensive, interdisciplinary humanities and liberal arts education for the 21st century.

The HCOM curriculum is organized around eight Major Learning Outcomes, integrating the traditional disciplines of literature, history, philosophy, rhetoric, communication, journalism, media studies, and creative writing with the contemporary fields of ethnic studies (Chicana/o - Latina/o, African American, Asian American, Euro American, Native American), American studies, women's studies, cultural studies, and media studies. Unlike other universities where these fields are offered as separate majors, our interdisciplinary program explores how these fields interrelate.

Students then choose one of thirteen available concentrations to add depth to their overall learning experience.  Options include:

  • Africana Studies
  • Chicano Studies
  • American Multicultural Studies
  • Creative Writing and Social Action
  • History, Oral History and New Media
  • Journalism and Media Studies
  • Literary and Film Studies
  • Peace Studies
  • Practical and Professional Ethics
  • Pre-Law
  • English Subject Matter Preparation Program
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing and Rhetoric