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Humanities and Music

Mick Laymon
Department Chair

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. 




Faculty & Staff

Name​ Phone​ Email​ Office​
Anthony Florez (Music)​ (312) 553-5989​​ 324​
Marcy Rae Henry (Humanities & Fine Arts)​ (312) 553-3065​​ 311D
​Mick Laymon (Music) ​(312) 553-3206 ​324
Amanda Loos (Humanities & Fine Arts)​ (312) 553-5720​​ 309
Erica McCormack (Humanities & Fine Arts)​ (312) 553-3168​​ 311E
David Richardson (Humanities & Philosophy)​ (312) 553-5724​​ 311A
Dr. Matt Shevitz (Humanities & Music)​ (312) 553-5925​ ​ 311B
B. Kamran Swanson (Philosophy)​ (312) 553-5726​ ​ 311A​
Dr. Adriana Tápanes-Inojosa (Humanities & Music)​ (312) 553-5727​ ​ 322​
Elizabeth Henschel (Department Secretary)​ (312) 553-5720​


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Contact Information

(312) 553-5720
(312) 553-5721
30 E. Lake Street
Room 311
Chicago, IL 60601
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9:00 - 5:00

Contact faculty individually for their office hours.