These courses emphasize the study of cultural, literary, humanistic activities and artistic expression of human beings. Students will evaluate and interpret the ways in which people through the ages in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creation. Students will also learn to value aesthetic understanding and incorporate these concepts when constructing value judgments. Courses from Anthropology, Art, Ethnic Studies, English and Foreign Languages, Humanities, Music, and Philosophy are acceptable. Major emphasis is put on an understanding of humanistic and cultural activities of human beings, including language facility, in this pattern. The AA degree in Humanities will prepare students for majors at four year institutions in language arts, humanities, fine arts or music, among others.

The AA Degree in Humanities will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the Degree course requirements and the General Education requirements. Since the following degree courses appear on the General Education Course List, they may be used to meet both the degree and the General Education requirements, provided that the total is 37 or more units. A course may be used one time for the degree and one time only for the General Education requirements, even though the course may be listed in several category areas.

The Humanities AA Degree is designed for students who wish a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences plus additional coursework in an “Area of Emphasis,” in this case, the Humanities. This area of emphasis would be an ideal choice for students planning on transferring to the California State University or University of California as the student can satisfy their general education requirements, plus focus on transferable course work that relates to majors at CSU or UC. Please consult with a counselor for specific information regarding your intended major at the specific colleges/university of your choice.

  • Choose either option CSUGE or IGETC for the General Education pattern related to your educational goal.
  • Complete requirements in Computer Literacy and Ethnic Studies (see catalog for details).
  • Complete 21-25 units in the “Area of Emphasis” outlined below. (Note: Courses in the “area of emphasis” may also be counted toward a GE area; those with an (*) are listed in more than one area but may not be counted in more than one area.)
  • All courses listed below transfer to CSU. Many courses are also transferable to UC. Refer to for transfer details or see a counselor for additional details.

General Education CSUGE/IGETC: 37-39
(Minimum units necessary to meet CSUGE/IGETC Certification requirements)
Area of Emphasis: 21-25
  • 21-25 units required from the Area of Emphasis: Humanities.*
  • Courses selected can be used to also fulfill GE areas.
  • All courses below transfer to CSU. Many courses are also transferable to UC.
*Also see the separate AA degrees offered in Natural Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Merritt College.
Electives and Other Requirements (Computer Literacy, Ethnic Studies): 0-2
(Note: Electives and other requirements may be necessary to total 60 overall units required for the Associate Degree.)
Total Required Units: 60


Degree Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Core Requirement:
HUMAN: 2 3
Group 1: Languages, Literature, and Values Select a minimum of 6-10 units from at least two disciplines from the following:
CHIN: 1, 2
ENGL: 1B*, 10A*, 10B*, 17A*, 30A*, 30B*, 32A*, 32B*, 38*, 43*
PHIL: 1, 2, 10  
SPAN: 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 22A, 22B, 31A, 31B, 38, 40  6-10
Note: Any foreign language course offered by College of Alameda, Berkeley City and Laney Colleges, including ASL 50 and 51, may be substituted for a Merritt College foreign language course.
Group 2: Cultural Studies
Select a minimum of 6 units from at least two disciplines from the following:
AFRAM: 25*, 27*, 39, 41*, 42*, 43*, 45*
ANTHR: 7*, 8*
ASAME: 30*
M/LAT: 28*, 30A*, 30B* 6
Group 3: Arts
Select a minimum of 6 units from at least two disciplines from the following:
ART: 1, 4, 9, 12, 15*
MUSIC: 9, 10, 11, 15A*, 19     6
Total Required Units: 21-25