Humanities and Languages

Explore Language and Studies in Human Behavior

Studying the humanities has reached new levels of importance in our society since nearly every interaction we experience is dependent on technology in one way or another. We understand that our own communication skills can be improved by studying the "how" and "why" of human communication. Language skills and having insight into your interactions with others are invaluable assets for many career paths. Nearly every job requires some level of communication or dependence on language, and Oakton can ensure that you're prepared for your next step, whatever it may be.

At Oakton, you’ll gain the ability to make important connections and add meaning to human relationships while pursuing one of our eight Humanities and Language programs. Aspiring writers can pursue a certificate or degree in English and become a Great Books Scholar as part of our Great Books program. Oakton also offers instruction in 13 modern languages, four of which are available in an online course format. With a diverse assortment of disciplines to choose from, the Humanities and Language programs at Oakton provide the skilled instruction needed to help you become a well-rounded communicator, leader or expert in the role of your dreams.

Programs of Study

English Environmental StudiesGreat BooksHumanitiesModern LanguagesPeace and Social Justice StudiesReligious Studies PhilosophySpeechTechnical CommunicationWomen, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Skilled Communication With a Humanities Degree

Worldwide Job Options

A degree in the humanities opens doors across the world. The study of human behavior and how languages are used to communicate are universal concepts in most societies. After completing a Humanities and Language program at Oakton, your new communication skills and abilities to connect with people can be applied to numerous jobs. We can help you map out your career plan or even the next step in your education at another institution.

Plan Your Humanities Career Path

Opportunities for Study Abroad

Students of the humanities—particularly those interested in modern languages—can enrich their studies into human communication and culture by studying abroad. Our Study Abroad programs  travel to a dozen countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas. Oakton will work with you to determine how studying abroad fits your academic plan, regardless of your academic focus. Enhance your college experience with the adventure of a lifetime and explore Oakton's study abroad options.

How to Study Abroad at Oakton

Featured Program

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Environmental Studies

Oakton's Environmental Studies Concentration focuses on understanding the shared impact between humanity and the natural environment. Students of this concentration can learn from valuable hands-on experiences on campus thanks to the work of Oakton's own Sustainability Center . Conservation and sustainability professionals are in high demand. You can also make your mark with leading careers in sustainability, environmental engineering, conservation biology and more by getting started with the Environmental Studies Concentration at Oakton.

About Environmental Studies Concentration

Frequently Asked Questions

Students of the humanities and liberal arts are often imaginative thinkers who enjoy creating, innovating and communicating. A typical Humanities student is likely more right-brained (creative) than left-brained (analytical). An interest in culture, words and language is common, and many students interested in the humanities enjoy reading and writing as hobbies. Many humanities disciplines are focused on the specific how's and why's of communication, such as foreign language studies and public speaking.

Humanities programs examine why humans do what they do at a fundamental level, so humanities are sometimes referred to as the "study of human behavior." If other people and how they communicate and interact interests you, a career in the humanities may be for you.

Yes! Visit Transfer Services to get information about transferring to or from Oakton. Many plan to transfer to a four-year institution after completing an Oakton course or program. Our university partnerships with leading schools in the region and beyond make transferring a simple process at Oakton.

Degree-seeking students must complete placements in reading, writing and math. Certificate-seeking and visiting students do not have to complete placement tests but are still required to submit prerequisites for any classes that require them.

Review your prerequisites and placement requirements in your New Student Portal.

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