Humanities courses focus on the understanding of human culture through the study of its values and ideas. Topics include literature, art, architecture, music, philosophy, intellectual history, and language. The Literary Arts and Languages Division at CAC offers a variety of humanities courses, including Comparative Cultures and Society; International Travel Experience; Humanities in the Western World I, II, and III; and Classical Mythology and Western Art.
Through exploration of the humanities, we learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. Because these skills allow us to gain new insights into everything from poetry and paintings to business models and politics, humanistic subjects have been at the heart of a liberal arts education since the ancient Greeks first used them to educate their citizens.
Humanities Tours to Europe

The CAC Community Education Department is pleased to offer Humanities Tours to Europe. You will travel with Humanities Professor Alyson Hanson and other CAC students and community members on active, educational tours arranged by ACIS, the American Council of International Studies ( Information about the 2020 tour is posted below, along with links for the ACIS brochure and application. Reviews and pictures of the 2018 tour of France are posted at the bottom of the page.

Humanities Tour of Spain March 2020 (Spring Break)
Travel to Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Ronda, and Seville on March 12 – 21, 2020; the cost of the tour is $3710 for students for a triple room. The tour includes round-trip flights from Phoenix to Spain, centrally located hotels, 24-hour Tour Manager, private bus, daily breakfast and dinner in Spain, Flamenco lesson and dinner show, and a Spanish fan painting workshop. Twelve tours/entrance fees are also included: Alhambra, Historic Centers of Toledo and Cordoba, Seville Cathedral (all UNESCO World Heritage sites), timed entrance to the Prado art museum in Madrid, and more! See the ACIS Spain Itinerary for more information and rates for double rooms for adults. Tour is financial aid eligible.
Application deadline is March 21, 2019 for the early registration discount. Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2019 and thereafter on a space-available basis.

Academic credit is available by registering for CAC’s online humanities class HMC251 during the fall semester. The course will prepare students to make the most of their 10 days in Spain. On the tour, the learning continues with lectures by local guides and excursions to many of the famous sites studied.

Spain Tour Application
Spain 2020 Pamphlet
ACIS Spain Itinerary 2020

Reviews and pictures of the May 2018 Humanities Tour of France
“The guide, the hotels, the restaurants were fantastic. The trip was priceless.”

“I felt like I was in a fairy tale. I’ve seen things I’ve only seen in movies.”
-Community member

“The first two days I was in culture shock but by the end of the tour I felt like I had a better understanding of others.”

“The hotels were lovely, the places we visited were amazing, the activities were incredibly fun, and the tour guide couldn’t have done a better job.”

“We packed in so many activities that I felt that my money was really well spent. The hotels were walking distance from everything we needed. We felt very immersed in the culture.”

“Getting to see the view from the Eiffel Tower with the friends I made on my trip was amazing and unforgettable. Getting to see all the different types of artwork and landscapes in France allowed me to gain a new perspective and now makes me want to appreciate the things life has to offer.”

“It was an eye-opener. It makes you more open minded and it changes your perspective on the world. Even though I was only in France for a little bit, I was able to experience a different culture.”

“Thanks to our tour guide we were able to experience much better than I ever could alone. Everything was well organized and planned so I was never lost or confused. I would definitely go on a trip like this again.”

Questions? Please contact Professor Hanson at

Reviews and pictures of the May 2020 Humanities Tour of Italy (coming soon)