Humanities & Social Sciences

Humanities Degrees for the 21st Century

What does it mean to be human?
Explore our present, past – and future – through literature, the social sciences, philosophy, and history. Look at the variety of human cultures, experiences, and beliefs from new perspectives. There are so many ways of seeing the world and trying to understand how it works!

Creative disruption isn’t just for the tech world.
Find and challenge hidden assumptions, both your own and others. Our understanding of the world isn’t just facts and dates. It depends on where we stand and how we interpret what we see and know.


Our Students say it Best

Teresa Rafello, Psychology major, plays around while waiting at the airport

Teresa Rafello

Major: Psychology

Class of 2016

I chose to major in Psychology because my personal experience got me interested in how we let ourselves think, why we accept difficult situations, and how we work toward viable solutions. I've been challenged on many levels in the program, and it's fine tuned my focus and determination to amazing levels. My senior research project has been the most strenuous journey of my academic career but it has paid off - all the students in my senior experimental design course have been accepted to present our research at the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference in May! . . . Read More

Caitlin Burrows, English major, sitting above Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe

Caitlin Burrows

Major: English

Class of 2012

I think the most significant thing I've learned here at SNC is the importance of having a balanced education. One of my favorite classes at SNC was Senior Ethics with Professor Dan O'Bryan. I loved being able to debate and defend my moral code! It was one of the most interactive classes I’ve ever taken. . . . Read More

English major Terra Breeden practices yoga atop Machu Picchu

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


Get the ultimate job training program.
Learn to think both analytically and creatively – and to communicate your ideas with clarity and style.

Literacy, analytical thinking, and persuasive communication are skills you’ll depend on wherever your future leads. They’re skills that can’t be automated, and that help you to thrive through change. They’re the “soft skills” that enable you to be effective wherever people can benefit from thinking more creatively and understanding each other better.

Humanities degrees across disciplines.
In addition to majors in English, Creative Writing, Psychology, and Humanities, Sierra Nevada College offers interdisciplinary humanities majors in Journalism and Media, Psychology with Art or Music, and International Studies.


A Student’s Passion for Writing Grows at SNC


Inspiration Everywhere

Meet renowned authors at the Writers in the Woods, a monthly campus series of intimate readings and workshops which are open to everyone. Conduct original research in psychology and present your results at a national research conference.

Hear some of the major thinkers and doers of our time speak on campus at the Siebens-Binz Tahoe Forum – the most recent were Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak and author Isabel Allende. Report and write for the college newspaper The Eagle’s Eye, or edit for SNC Tahoe’s nationally distributed literary journal the Sierra Nevada Review.

Get your humanities degree immersed in the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe and the mountains, the support of faculty who know your name and care about your education, and fellow students who are as excited by possibility as you are.

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