The largest department on the Prescott Campus aside from flight training, the Department of Humanities and Communication, offers minors that enhance students’ skills and career options, along with courses that help them be well-rounded individuals who enjoy living.
The department teaches 65 percent of the general education courses, so every student comes through the Department of Humanities and Communication at least three or four times during their college career. In the process, they learn professional communication, critical reading, writing, and public speaking — all skills everyone needs in order to succeed in their career.
With technical knowledge but no understanding of how to set goals, negotiate conflict, and communicate, a student is likely to experience less success than those who learn how to be happy and interact within their own culture and others. Thus, the department offers courses in teamwork and leadership, ethics, and cross-cultural understanding.
Some of the programs offered — minors in Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Middle Eastern Studies, and Asian Studies — significantly add to students’ career options. Courses like Technical Writing are essential to many students who work in engineering fields. Other Humanities and Communication courses — such as History of Rock and Roll or Science Fact and Science Fiction — simply offer students a chance to learn something interesting and enhance their quality of life.
The department has high-tech writing laboratories and state-of-the-art foreign language labs. It also publishes the award-winning campus newspaper, “Horizons,” and hosts a variety of clubs that enable students to socialize while enjoying music, photography, and other interests.