Johnson State College studentsTo understand others, to express oneself meaningfully, to discover the solution to virtually any problem: These are the types of critical skills we cultivate in the humanities department. 

History majors explore the roots and culture of the Western and non-Western world. Political science majors focus on government, political theory or public administration. Liberal arts majors design an interdisciplinary program that explores a variety of fields. In addition, the study of modern languages through our department stimulates self-discovery, scholarship and an appreciation of different ways of thinking.

As a humanities student at Johnson State College, you will learn to think and solve problems creatively, write and communicate effectively, and prepare yourself for a career with limitless possibilities.

Vermont History Videos

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Students in Professor and VT State Senator Bill Doyle's Vermont History and Government class learn about local history in a hands-on way that not only contributes to their education, but also to the community's knowledge about its past.

The students and Professor Doyle, in collaboration with editor/producer Vince Franke of Peregrine Productions in Waterbury, produce a documentary about a specific county in Vermont as part of the semester's requirements.

The documentaries blend interviews and images of local people in the first half of the 20th century. Hundreds of period photographs provide a fascinating visual record of life in the county being documented.