ERIC Number: ED184635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Humanities Curriculum in Washington's Two-Year Colleges.
Beckwith, Miriam M.
A study was conducted by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges to determine the different emphases and program strengths within the humanities curricula at the 27 Washington State community colleges. Information contained in the Fall 1979 class schedules of the colleges was used to evaluate the following disciplines: history/appreciation of art; history/appreciation of music; history/appreciation of film and theater; cultural anthropology; cultural geography; foreign languages (including English as a second language); literature; history; philosophy; political science; interdisciplinary humanities; and ethnic studies. Remedial or adult basic education courses were excluded. Study findings include the following: (1) 894 credit courses and 1,222 sections were offered within the humanities curricula; (2) 95 non-credit courses were offered for personal enrichment; (3) foreign languages made up 26.6% of the humanities courses, followed by history (17.5%), literature (13%), and philosophy (8%); (5) the more extensive humanities programs were offered at the larger colleges; and (6) most humanities curricula duplicated those found in four-year institutions. The study report contains an analysis of the curricular strength of each discipline based upon the number of institutions offering courses in the discipline and the number of courses and sections they offer. (JP)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Anthropology, Art Education, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Courses, Credit Courses, Curriculum Evaluation, Ethnic Studies, Film Study, History Instruction, Human Geography, Humanities, Humanities Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Introductory Courses, Literature, Minicourses, Music Education, Noncredit Courses, Philosophy, Political Science, Scheduling, Second Language Instruction, State Surveys, Theater Arts, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.