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Humanities, Philosophy and World Languages Department

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The Aims Humanities, Philosophy and World Languages Department oversees multiple subject areas and associate degrees centered around culture, critical thinking, and communication.

The Department is responsible for managing and planning courses for these subject areas and the three liberal arts degree programs administered by the department:

  • Philosophy
  • French
  • Spanish

In addition to these associate degree subject areas, the Department offers courses in humanities and American Sign Language (ASL). 

Humanities, philosophy and world languages classes emphasize the study of the human experience and connection. Humanities and philosophy classes involve asking big questions about groups and peoples and ways of thinking while world language courses also focus on verbal, written and physical communication.

Whether you're interested in majoring in one of these subjects or taking classes to meet general education or elective requirements for nearly any Aims degree program, department staff are here to support you throughout your educational journey. 


Humanities

Humanities courses explore art, music, literature, religion and myth from around the world. Through critical examination of different sources, humanities classes connect us with others from the past and present and reveal what it means to be human. While Aims doesn't currently offer an associate degree in humanities, many students take humanities courses as electives or to fulfill general education requirements toward earning a degree.

Humanities are enjoyable, memorable and mind-expanding classes that broaden the way you think about the world. 

Humanities courses at Aims include:

  • Early Civilization
  • World Mythology
  • Introduction to Film Art
  • The Cultural History of Rock and Roll

Your humanities instructors will help you make connections between thinkers and events from the past and the present. You'll also explore the vast amount of accumulated wisdom from other groups, eras and thinkers. 

Aims Humanities Faculty

Susan Andersen

Susan Andersen

Adjunct Faculty, Humanities
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Chelle Costello

Professor, English and Humanities
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Stacey Johnson

Professor, English
Headshot of Aims Humanities instructor Elizabeth Lyons

Elizabeth Lyons

Part-Time Faculty, Humanities
Karen McCurley-Hardesty headshot

Karen McCurley-Hardesty

Part-Time: Faculty, Humanities
Rebecca Sailor headshot

Rebecca Sailor

Department Chair - Humanities, Philosophy and World Languages
Professor, Humanities
Headshot of Aims Community College Humanities instructor Stephanie Train

Stephanie Train

Adjunct Instructor: Humanities

Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of human thought throughout human history, and how it varies across different cultures and eras. In philosophy classes at Aims, you'll explore the essential questions of existence: Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? What is the best way to interact with others? 

Whether you'd like to earn an associate degree in philosophy or take a class or two toward another degree, your philosophy instructors will help you hone your critical thinking skills and broaden your knowledge of humanity and global cultures.

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Earn a Philosophy Associate Degree at Aims

Thanks to a statewide agreement between Colorado community colleges and universities, you can earn a philosophy associate degree at Aims and go on to transfer to any participating four-year public university in Colorado as a junior to earn your bachelor’s degree. Taking your general education degree requirements at Aims instead of a four-year institution can save substantial costs.

Learn more about the Aims philosophy liberal arts transfer degree

Aims Philosophy Faculty

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Daniel Alvarez

Professor, Philosophy & Humanities
Headshot of William Easley, Adjunct Instructor, Art, Humanities, Music and Philosophy at Aims

William Easley

Adjunct Instructor, Art, Humanities, Music & Philosophy
Headshot of Aims Community College Humanities Instructor Douglas Grattan

Douglas Grattan

Adjunct Instructor, Humanities & Philosophy
Danny Malloy

Danny Malloy

Professor, Humanities
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Jeremy Rottini

Instructor, Psychology and World Religions

World Languages

The World Languages Department at Aims offers the opportunity to build communication skills and cultural knowledge important in today’s world. Learning another language can open doors and enrich experiences for you both professionally and personally.

World language courses at Aims give you the opportunity to practice reading, writing, speaking and listening skills needed in real world scenarios such as work, travel, well-being and daily life. Along with these skills, you can learn about the history, traditions and social customs of the language studied. 

Currently, the Aims World Language Department offers two associate degrees—in French and Spanish—and in-person and online classes in American Sign Language (ASL).

American Sign Language (ASL)

ASL classes will help you become a more effective and empathetic communicator. Many students take ASL as an elective out of curiosity, a desire to raise their awareness of the needs within the Deaf community, or to support a career path where having inclusive communication skills are an asset, including healthcare, education or social work. Whatever the reason, ASL classes at Aims are interactive, fun and engaging.

ASL applies across any degree or discipline. If you're interested in language, you can go on to earn a bachelor's degree in interpretation or linguistics. 

Degrees and Careers Related to ASL

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language used by many members of the Deaf community in the U.S. and Canada. ASL is expressed using physical movements of the hands and face. 

In ASL courses at Aims, you will learn about:

  • Culture and history of ASL
  • ASL grammar
  • ASL language skills
  • Linguistics
  • Grammatical structure

You'll also gain knowledge about the Deaf community in Northern Colorado. ASL is an expressive visual language that's fun to learn. Classes feature a lot of interaction with other students. Aims offers ASL classes both in person and online so you can learn according to your preferences. 

Learn More About ASL Classes at Aims


French and Spanish

Aims offers world language classes and associate degrees in both French and Spanish. You can take these language classes to fulfill foreign language or elective requirements for any associate degree at Aims. 

Earn a French or Spanish Associate Degree at Aims

Thanks to a statewide agreement between Colorado community colleges and universities, you can earn a French or Spanish associate degree at Aims and go on to transfer to any participating four-year public university in Colorado as a junior to earn your bachelor’s degree. Taking your general education degree requirements at Aims instead of a four-year institution can save substantial costs. 

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Earn a French Associate Degree at Aims
Learn more about the French liberal arts transfer degree
College students in a classroom
Earn a Spanish Associate Degree at Aims
Learn more about the Spanish liberal arts transfer degree

Aims World Languages Faculty

The World Languages faculty at Aims come from diverse backgrounds and language expertise. They have all gone through the process of learning a non-native language and understand the challenges that students like you face. Faculty use this knowledge and experience to guide you to be a successful language learner.

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Amelia Bucklew

Associate Professor, World Languages
Headshot of Aims Spanish instructor Elizabeth Grounds

Elizabeth Grounds

Adjunct Instructor, World Languages
Headshot of Aims American Sign Language Instructor Audra McCorkle

Audra McCorkle

Adjunct Faculty, American Sign Language
Headshot of Aims World Languages instructor Lucile Lunde

Lucile Lunde

Adjunct Instructor, French and German
Headshot of Aims World Languages instructor Gloria Monzon

Gloria Monzon

Adjunct Instructor, World Languages
Headshot of Aims Spanish instructor Sofia Veldhuisen

Sofia Veldhuizen

Associate Professor, Early College Spanish