Our Mission Statement
The Humanities & Music Department serves the college community by advancing excellence in higher education and engaging in exploration, inquiry, analysis and critical evaluation of the individual and collective modes of creative expression as revealed through the arts.
What We Do
Whether you are meeting your general education requirements for the Associate's Degree, taking classes in preparation for transfer, fulfilling your program requirements at another Chicago college, pursuing an arts-related concentration, expanding your career opportunities, or simply strengthening your love of the arts, our caring and talented faculty can help you flourish. Each semester, we provide over 50 first and second year courses in: Philosophy, Literature (Poetry, Fiction, Drama) Art & Architecture History, Cinema Studies, Media & Cultural Studies, Performing Arts, Women's and Gender Studies, Latin American/Latino Studies, Diversity & Ethnic Studies, African-American Studies, Sustainability Studies, and every area of Music, such as Music Performance (Piano, Guitar, Voice, Saxophone, and others), Music History, Music Theory, Opera, Jazz Studies, Music Business, Music Technology, and Music Education. Many of these classes also leave the classroom to engage in all of the many live arts events and brilliant architecture of downtown Chicago.
The Department of Humanities & Music is also the home of a number of engaging options for focusing your Associate's degree in a specific area of study. See below for more information on our Concentrations and Certificates in Philosophy, Fine Arts, Cinema & Media Studies, Music Technology, Women's Studies, Latin American/Latino Studies, and more!
We also assure that HWC continues to actively engage in the arts culture of Chicago by hosting ongoing and annual special events like our yearly humanities festival, Humanifest-oh!, plus guest speakers and panels, student music and literary performances, and special seminars throughout each semester.