Humanities and Social Sciences

The Humanities and Social Sciences Department combines the essential skills of literacy, analytical thought, and persuasive communication with the central human questions and answers provided through philosophy, literature, history, and the social sciences. Students of the humanities degree program, it is hoped, emerge as well-informed scholars of and contributors to a sustainable world.

The social science classes and humanities courses are designed to teach students how to think critically and creatively—along with the ability to communicate that learning. Students develop the tools to live satisfying and productive lives in responsible relationship to their social, political, and natural environments. Fundamental to the program is the belief that such broad-based, informed attitudes and understandings are best cultivated through exploration of a wide variety of disciplines, cultures, issues, and beliefs.


A Student’s Passion for Writing Grows at SNC


Students say it Best…

Angel Gonzalez

Major: Psychology

Class of 2017

My inspiration is always to inspire change, acceptance, and holistic thinking. I want to challenge people's perspectives and my own biases. . . . Read More

Terra Breeden

Major: English

Class of 2016

My journey to Sierra Nevada College began on a three-month trip to explore Indonesia's bleached islands, remote villages, and mystic jungles. By the end of the trip I was addicted to travel, and I needed an education to turn my love into a career. I thought I would teach English and got interested in journalism. Then I took Travel and Adventure Writing and my love for travel, photography, and writing - all the pieces of my life - fit together into my dream career. . . . Read More


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