Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


Sharpen Your Vision in North's Arts & Humanities Programs

Arts & Humanities| Varied Degrees & Certificates

Retired Arts and Humanities Dean Edith Wollin paraphrases — about the humanities — what John Keats said about poetry, "The purpose of all of the humanities is to sharpen one’s vision into the heart and nature of human experience."  

The Arts and Humanities at NSC are home to the many rich ways humans express themselves — taking something that is experienced internally and making it external through language, literature, music, art and theatre. 


You can study a number of languages at North, including American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Japanese, Italian and Spanish. And the English department is known for strong English composition and literature courses. 

The Fine Arts & the Performing Arts

Experiment with the fine arts, including drawing, painting, design, digital photography, computer art, print making, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry.

Explore the performing arts — acting, choir, group piano and group voice. Art, Theatre and Music departments also offer both history and theory classes. Popular film classes are in traditional classroom format and online. And you can take complementary Communication workshops in professional writing and effective presentations.

Varied Degrees & Certificates

In addition to individual courses that satisfy AA and AS degree requirements, North offers Associate of Fine Arts degrees in Art and Music and Certificates in Fine Arts — in Art, Jewelry Design and Theatre.

The Communication Department is linked up with career training opportunities, where you can pursue an AAS-T in Communication, Business and Media or certificates in Business, Communication and Media, or in Communication and Media Arts.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Contacts

Julianne Kirgis

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
(206) 934-3709

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