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

Zachary Birdsell, Psychology major, enters the professional world prepared

Zachary Birdsell

Major: Psychology

Class of 2016

I have been working with clients who have mental disabilities since I graduated from SNC. As a case manager, my responsibilities range from one-on-one counseling with clients to supervising group homes. . . . Read More

Anza Jarschke, New Genre, Psychology major gives two thumbs up

Anza Jarschke

Major: Fine Arts – New Genres, Psychology

Class of 2013

I began working working as a crisis mental health counselor immediately after graduation. Currently, I manage the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and will be starting an MA in Social Justice and Community Organizing in fall of 2017. Before SNC, I couldn’t comprehend how expansive my future could be. . . . Read More

Psychology major Kallie Day discusses her research at Association for Psychological Sciences

Kallie Day

Major: Psychology

Class of 2014

The first to attend college in her family, Kallie Day came to SNC intending to finish her degree as fast as possible but quickly became focused on the unique learning community on campus. “We talk about the one-on-one," she said, "but I think that unless you have been here, and you have soaked it in through all of these people that you are around, the idea doesn’t have much of an impact.” . . . 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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