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Welcome to Arts, Humanities, and Communication at Hartnell College
Division Administrative Assistant: Lourdes Sanchez
Clerical Assistant: Ruby Garcia
Office Location: PAF 122
Phone: 755-6905

The Fine Arts, Language Arts and Social Sciences presents instruction in humanities, foreign languages, social sciences and basic skills. Students study human society from a variety of perspectives as instructors seek to present knowledge, an appreciation of the cultures of the world and how to organize, asses and explain information. Its faculty presents discipline studies in a multicultural focus that values student diversity and the increasingly diverse world in which we exist.

With a disciplined reflection on human condition and a sensitive and critical inquiry into all aspects of human society, the division seeks to develop student ability to define and communicate emotion and intellectual responses on the human condition. The ultimate goal is to enrich student knowledge and to develop student ability to articulate their thoughts with clarity and imagination, thereby preparing students for productive, culturally rich lives as informed and participating citizens.

Robert Spier
Office: C-155
Phone: 755-6828
  Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Sciences, Sociology
Ignacio Pando
Office: Annex 121
Phone: 759-6057
  Behaviorial Sciences, Human Services, Instructional Aide, Multimedia
Alison Paul
Office: C-159
Phone: 755-6827
  Foreign Language, Instructional Aide, Interdisciplinary Studies, Speech
Dr. Stelvio Locci
Office Location: Merril 2
Phone: 755-6926
  Behaviorial Sciences, Chicano Studies, Speech
Additional Information

Associate Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions
Associate Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions are available in the Online Catalog which can be viewed as a PDF file. This requires the FREE Adobe Acrobat reader available here.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Academic Learning Center
Need Help? The Academic Learning Center provides a convenient and pleasant environment to study and expert help is available to the student any time the Academic Learning Center is open. Additionally, students have access to a broad array of computer software and other resources in the Lab.

Schedule of Classes (PAWS)
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Instructor Web Pages and Syllabi
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Larry Adams(Social Sciences)
James Beck(English as a 2nd Language)
Eric Bosler(Art, Photography)
Dr. Carl Christensen(Music)
Dr. Stanley Crane(Speech, Theatre Arts)
Ann DeJesus-Riley(Chicano Studies, History, Social Sciences)
Alejandra Gutierrez(English as a 2nd Language)
Dr. Hetty Yelland(English)
Carol Kimbrough(Social Sciences)
Carol King(English as a 2nd Language)
Sunita Lanka(English)
Yoshiko Matsushita-Arao(Social Sciences)
Aurora Méndez(Chicano Studies, Spanish)
Rhea Mendoza-Lewis(English)
Jerri Nemiro(Art, Multimedia, Photography)
Daniel Perez(English Reading)
Janet Pessagno(English)
Daniel Petersen(English)
Heidi Ramirez(English)
Jorge Sanchez(Anthropology, Chicano Studies, Social Sciences)
Gary Smith(Art, Multimedia)
Kathy Sproles(English Reading)
Maria Teutsch(Chicano Studies, English)
Aurelia Vacaflor(Chicano Studies, Spanish)
Ron Waddy(English)


Anthropology is the academic discipline concerned with the study of the biological and cultural development of mankind. The subject is typically divided into two broad fields-physical and cultural anthropology. Physical Anthropology is concerned with the evolution and biological features of human populations. Cultural Anthropology deals with a wide variety of learned forms of behavior, such as language, kinship, religions, economics, technology, values, and personality. As both a biological and social science, anthropology seeks to order and explain humankind and our bio-cultural history.

The study of art involves two major directions: first, understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of art; second, development of skills in the studio art of drawing, painting, design, sculpture, and ceramics. The faculty of the Art discipline is committed to the objective of making the arts of the past and present available to the students through historical surveys and the studio experience. It is believed that this heritage of thought and skill, going beyond our immediate time and culture, will enrich the students' lives, their personal view of their world, and their communication of ideas, through added knowledge and inter-cultural understanding.

Chicano Studies

Chicano Studies provides organized studies in the heritage of Chicanos and fosters and expands general understanding of the cultural contributions of this group. The Chicano Studies courses give students opportunities to develop competence in and an understanding of the language, history, and culture of Chicanos, as well as current issues affecting the Chicano community. Completion of the Chicano Studies major enhances students' qualifications for positions in schools, community groups, governmental organizations, and private enterprise.


The dance program is designed to provide a foundation in basic elements of ballet, jazz and choreography to prepare students for a major in dance, choreography or theatre. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a level of proficiency that allows them to perform in solo and group work, to understand dance in relation to specific cultural context and to develop student creativity. An emphasis on performance encourages students to participate in a variety of activities as well as the pursuit of lifetime self-development.


Economics is concerned with the study of how people and societies produce various commodities and distribute them for consumption, now or in the future, among various persons and groups in society. As a descriptive academic discipline, it is concerned with accurate portrayals of national economics as well as those of regions, firms and individuals. As an analytical discipline, its tools are used to order, modify, and describe economic activity.


Courses in English are designed to develop skills in reading perceptively, writing effectively, and thinking critically. Clear, concise, and correct communication is an essential job skill. Transfer students should note that most four year colleges now require one full year of English composition for a bachelor's degree (English 1A and lB).

English Reading

The reading program offers several reading courses designed to help students improve their reading skills.

Students will work on vocabulary, study-type reading, reading flexibility, comprehension, and critical reading. In addition, special programs are available for students whose second language is English and for students interested in preparing for the CBEST.

Several programs are available, such as Individualized Reading, Vocabulary Development, You Can Learn to Learn, MicroSpeed Read, CBEST Preparation, ESL Reading. Students wishing to have their reading skills evaluated are invited to make an appointment with a reading specialist by contacting the Learning Skills Center in the College Center Annex Room 107.

English as a second Language

Courses in English as a Second Language are designed for individuals learning English as a foreign language. The various courses cover writing, conversation, spelling and vocabulary in the English language for these students.

Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies provides an opportunity for students to pursue organized studies of minority groups in American society and to foster and expand general understanding of these groups. The Ethnic Studies courses allow for a wide latitude of study to meet a variety of interests with courses which fulfill competence in and an understanding of the unique contributions of American ethnic groups; interpretation of American ethnic culture as manifested in its history, its literature, and its social, economic, political, and philosophical development.

Foreign Languages (French, German, Chinese, Italian, Japanese)

The active role the United States is taking in world affairs and trade increases the need for a knowledge of foreign languages and cultures. The acquisition of practical communication skills in a modern foreign language is the primary objective. This is accomplished by the direct oral approach, motivated by lectures, and supplemented by the language laboratory.

Positions for which four-year graduates in a foreign language are qualified are: teaching, business, foreign services, law enforcement, nursing, and secretarial services.


Geography is an academic discipline that examines both physical and cultural landscapes, focusing on the environments that humanity inhabits, alters and creates.


History in the broad sense, is the study of all human experience. It examines people, institutions, ideas, and events through the past and into the future. The study of history develops cultural literacy, critical thinking, and other skills while helping to understand today and plan for tomorrow. The discipline provides us with a better understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society. In the study of history it is more important to learn the skills of finding, interpreting, and relating historical information than it is simply to memorize historical data. Through the study of history, a student can acquire the techniques of gathering and applying information to gain a perspective on the human condition.

Human Services

Curricular content encompasses the various paraprofessional fields included in human services. The traditional paraprofessional fields include community health worker, entry-level positions in human services (system theory and functional perspective) and the judicial system.

Instructional Aide

The Instructional Aide program focuses on a base of knowledge and ability that is necessary for a position as paraprofessional teacher aide, an instructional aide or, if one has linguistic ability, a bilingual instructional aide. An academic background is provided for course work at a state college or university.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary studies brings together ideas, concepts, and values that span two or more disciplines. It is an attempt to unify, interpret and synthesize material in a variety of areas and, thus, lead to greater student understanding in the humanities area. Specific courses emphasize discussion and ideas related to topics in the humanities.

Multimedia Technology

Today's business, education, entertainment and telecommunication industries have been brought together by interactive and multimedia technology. An imaginative blend of art, science, technology and communication skills are required in order to design and produce effective presentations. Hartnell College meets this challenge by combining graphics, text, sound, music, video and animation in the Multimedia Technology Certificate, and AA Degree Program.


Music is the discipline concerned with the production, analysis, and appreciation of musical sound. Music demands team-work, self-discipline, inter-dependency, self-evaluation, develops sensory perception and motor skills, and builds the ability of people to appreciate the beauty of musical sound.

The music discipline's main concern is to develop a keen appreciation of all periods of music, to involve the individual in the performing arts and enhance the potential ability of each person to reach the highest plane of musical understanding and excellence. The music curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students, i.e., music majors and general education students. Performances by students are an integral part of the music program; however, the music program provides alternatives to students who are not performance oriented.


Philosophy concerns the study of fundamental questions that arise in different areas of human experience, thought or practice. The study of philosophy is designed to acquaint students with the distinctive nature of philosophical activity and to help them increase their skills in critical thinking about matters of fundamental philosophical concern; e.g., the nature of correct reasoning, the scope and limits of human knowledge, the generic and pervasive characteristics of reality, and the sources of value and obligation. It stresses systematic and abstract thought. Philosophy provides a foundation for students pursuing any major.


Photography is a visual art medium which provides creative means of visual expression with artistic and commercial application. The photography discipline is an integral part of the art program at Hartnell College.

Political Science

Political Science is the study of the acquisition and use of power and authority. Politics and government affect everyone's life and impinge on activities in many fields. Political science studies society as it relates to the political formation of values, myths and folkways. Also, it describes the way in which political systems function in the realm of power confrontation and decision making abilities.

Political science provides a foundation for careers in government and business. It is especially desirable for students who might work for civil government at any level, be commissioned as military officers, or who intend to become lawyers.


Psychology is the scientific discipline concerned with the study of the mind. It is a natural and a social science concerned with the study of human behavior. As such, it is a broad discipline which involves both pure science and practical application of science to matters of everyday living.

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences are a group of disciplines that deal with society and the individual. Although the disciplines concentrate on an aspect of the human experience, there is an intricate relationship among them.

Positions for graduates in the social sciences are diverse since the social science is a broad major. The study of the social sciences can lead to professional work in governmental and private agencies. It is also valuable for those going into other professions such as law.


Sociology is both a scientific and a humanistic discipline. It is concerned with the study systems of social action and their interrelations. The systems of action include, in increasing order of size and complexity; single social acts, social relationships, organizations, institutions, communities and societies. Through a systematic analysis of society, its groups, institutions and processes, sociology attempts to understand and, in some instances, predict human behavior.


Speech is the academic discipline that meets the need of skillful and effective oral communication. The emphasis of the discipline of speech in the development of skills and techniques essential for effective intrapersonal and interpersonal communication. Courses in speech are designed for practical communication skills needed to fulfill diversity of educational goals.

Theatre Arts or Drama

Theatre Arts or Drama is the study of human expression culminating in live performance on stage. The play is the medium used to tell a story performed by actors. Theatre Arts includes the study of the literature, as well as the disciplines and technologies required for performance.

The Performing Arts Center houses a 500 seat Main Theatre and a 150 seat Studio Theatre, featuring computer assisted lighting systems and professionally oriented sound reinforcement and play back equipment. Enhancing the production quality of the Performing Arts Center are professionally equipped scenic and costume shops with strong support personnel.

Hartnell College offers a broad range of courses in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of theatre production. Performances are given on campus as well as in the local community. The faculty believes in the importance of developing technological competencies, individual creativity, personal interaction and communication skills which are highly valuable to any individual.

Above all, theatre is the in-depth study of the human condition whose purpose is to promote sensitivity and deeper understanding of oneself and others. Courses are designed for the general education student or students who are pursuing theatre as a major. Opportunities to participate in one of the most successful theatre programs on the central California coast in a variety of roles exist.