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An education in the humanities enriches our understanding of human discoveries, cultures and experiences. You’ll learn to think in different ways, explore new ideas and embrace change – in yourself and the world around you.

Why study humanities at CapU?

Thinking. Creating. Communicating. Exploring. Changing.

Through humanities, you’ll gain a greater understanding of yourself and others. By studying where the best thinkers have taken us, we can push ourselves further, perhaps changing direction or even changing the conversation.

CapU’s humanities programs and courses are designed to stimulate your curiosity and help you develop flexible thinking and critical literacy skills. You’ll be prepared, versatile and connected as you build your place in the world, both inside the university and beyond.

Challenge your mind

We offer a wide variety of courses in subject areas that range from languages (English, Chinese, French, Spanish and Japanese), linguistics and First Nations languages and cultures, to philosophy, history and art history. You’ll acquire a skilled approach to reading, writing and critical thinking, while evaluating the world and your place within it.

Your inquisitive mind will be challenged to develop your own ideas and consider life’s big questions. You’ll become your own thinker, setting the stage for a bright future.

Careers paths and further education

An education in the humanities provides excellent preparation for many careers as well as advanced academic study. Our courses can be applied to any associate degrees at CapU or used as a solid foundation for future study within the BC university system.

School of Humanities departments

Art History

Understand visual culture’s role as a carrier and producer of social meaning. Learn to articulate your visual perceptions in an informed, cogent and creative manner.

Learn more about CapU's Art History Department.

English

Mastery of English has never been more valuable. Our English courses will sharpen your skills in writing, improve your powers of analysis and increase your capacity to enjoy literary creativity. Learn from faculty who are published and award-winning authors.

Learn more about CapU's English Department.

History

History is not a simple exercise in memorizing names, dates and events, but rather a dynamic, interpretive encounter with a range of human ideas, emotions, creations and activities. History helps us understand how and why change happens. Interpreting it well is essential to shaping our future.

Learn more about CapU's History Department.

Languages and Linguistics (Chinese, First Nations, French, Japanese, Spanish)

In our global environment, competency in more than one language is a valuable and highly sought-after skill. Learn new skills while gaining language exposure through lecture, conversation and language labs in our Language Resource Centre.

Our linguistics courses teach the fundamental building blocks of language including words and their internal structure. They’re a great start for further study in speech pathology, teaching and linguistics in general.

Our First Nations certificate programs will help you gain an understanding of the importance of linguistic diversity and the factors that have led to the endangerment of First Nations languages across Canada.

Learn more about CapU's Languages & Linguistics Department.

Philosophy

The most important reason to study philosophy is to satisfy our human curiosity about fundamental questions – such as the nature of reality and what makes us human. Through engaging teaching methods and challenging assignments, you’ll be prepared for any profession.

Learn more about CapU's Philosophy Department.

Adèle Barclay BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Instructor, English
School of Humanities
English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3031
Fir Building, room FR 406A
adelebarclay@capilanou.ca
Alana Gerecke BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 984 4957 ext. 4957
Fir Building, room FR 448
alanagerecke@capilanou.ca
Alice Everly
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 984 4957 ext. 4957
Fir Building, room FR 404
aliceeverly@capilanou.ca
Alicia Fahey BA (Hons), B.Ed., MA, PhD
Coordinator & Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 3033
Fir Building, room FR 436
aliciafahey@capilanou.ca
Alison Dean
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 984 4957 ext. 4957
Fir Building, room FR 404
Alisondean@capilanou.ca
Andrea Actis BA, PhD
Instructor, English
School of Humanities
English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3438
Fir Building, room FR 404
andreaactis@capilanou.ca
Anne Stone BA (Hons), MA
Instructor, English
School of Humanities
English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 2425
Fir Building, room FR 454
astone@capilanou.ca
Behrang Nabavi Nejad
Instructor, Art History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Art History

604 986 1911 ext. 3074
Fir Building, room FR 406C
behrangnabavi@capilanou.ca
Bobbi-Lee Copeland BA, MEd
Instructor, English
School of Humanities
English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3531
Fir Building, room FR 422
bobbileecopeland@capilanou.ca
Brian Ganter
Instructor
School of Humanities
English
School of Social Sciences
Women's & Gender Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies
School of Motion Picture Arts
Centre for Teaching Excellence

604 986 1911 ext. 2290
Fir Building, room FR 412
bganter@capilanou.ca
Brook Houglum BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 7310
Fir Building, room FR 404
bhouglum@capilanou.ca
Cara DiGirolamo
Instructor, English
School of Humanities
English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3575
Fir Building, room FR 464
caradigirolamo@capilanou.ca
Carlos Reyes BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 2403
Fir Building, room FR 404
creyes@capilanou.ca
Cassidy Picken BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Interdisciplinary Studies Coordinator, English Instructor
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English
Interdisciplinary Studies

604 986 1911 ext. 3474
Fir Building, room FR 408
cassidypicken@capilanou.ca
Catherine Gloor BA (Hons), B.Ed., MA
Instructor/Supervisor LRC
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
French

604 986 1911 ext. 2405
Fir Building, room FR 468
cgloor@capilanou.ca
Christopher Pearson BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Instructor, Art History
School of Humanities
Art History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 7314
Fir Building, room FR 414
cpearson@capilanou.ca
Colin Grittner
Instructor, History
School of Humanities
History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3189
Fir Building, room FR 458
colingrittner@capilanou.ca
Dale Montgomery
Instructor, History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
History

604 986 1911 ext. 3450
Fir Building, room FR 458
dalemontgomery@capilanou.ca
Dan Hooley BA, PhD
Instructor, Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Philosophy

604 986 1911 ext. 3692
Fir Building, room FR 444
danielhooley@capilanou.ca
Dara Greaves BA (Hons), PhD
Instructor, English
School of Humanities
Writing Centre
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
English

604 986 1911 ext. 2026
Fir Building, room FR 440
daragreaves@capilanou.ca
David Geary
Instructor, IDF, DOCS, MOPA, INTS & ENGL
School of Communication
School of Humanities
School of Motion Picture Arts

604 986 1911 ext. 7158
Bosa Building, room BC234
davidgeary2@capilanou.ca
Denis Dubord BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
History

604 986 1911 ext. 2479
Fir Building, room FR 446
ddubord@capilanou.ca
Derek Murray BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Instructor, History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
History

604 986 1911 ext. 3023
Fir Building, room FR 404
derekmurray2@capilanou.ca
Dwight Gardiner BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, Linguistics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Linguistics

604 986 1911 ext. 7312
Fir Building, room FR 404
dgardine@capilanou.ca
Efrat El-Hanany BA, MA, PhD
Art History Instructor, Women's & Gender Instructor
School of Social Sciences
Women's & Gender Studies
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Art History

604 986 1911 ext. 2489
Fir Building, room FR 414
eelhanan@capilanou.ca
Elizabeth Pereira
Instructor, Spanish
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Spanish

604 986 1911 ext. 2417
Fir Building, room FR 404
epereira@capilanou.ca
Erika Behrisch BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, English
School of Humanities
English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 984 4957 ext. 4957
Fir Building, room FR 404
erikabehrisch@capilanou.ca
Fenn Stewart BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 3505
Fir Building, room FR 410
fennstewart@capilanou.ca
Hande Gurses BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, English
School of Humanities
English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3555
Fir Building, room FR 404
handegurses@capilanou.ca
Heather Joseph
Instructor, Linguistics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Linguistics
Ts'zil Learning Centre
Mt. Currie

heatherbikadi@capilanou.ca
Holly Flauto
Instructor, English
School of Humanities
English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3536
Fir Building, room FR 462
hollyflauto@capilanou.ca
Ian Cresswell BA (Hons), MA, Dip, M.Litt, LPC
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 2317
Fir Building, room FR 404
iancresswell@capilanou.ca
Jennifer Johnson
Coordinator & Instructor, Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Philosophy

604 986 1911 ext. 3436
Fir Building, room FR 438
Jenniferjohnson6@capilanou.ca
Joan Gauthier
Writing Centre Administrative Support
School of Humanities
Writing Centre
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 2004
Fir Building, room FR 404
jgauthie@capilanou.ca
Josema Zamorano B.Sc., M.Sc., MA, PhD
Instructional Associate, Spanish
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Spanish

604 986 1911 ext. 7316
Fir Building, room FR 404
jzamorano@capilanou.ca
Kenneth Huynh BA, BEd, MA, PhD
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 2152
Fir Building, room FR 452
kenhuynh@capilanou.ca
Kent Lewis BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 2422
Fir Building, room FR 404
klewis@capilanou.ca
Kimberly Minkus
Outreach Librarian
School of Humanities
Library
Library - Research Help Desk

604 986 1911 ext. 7289
Library Building, room LB112
kminkus@capilanou.ca
Laurence Gauvreau BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, French
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
French

604 986 1911 ext. 2464
Fir Building, room FR 468
laurencegauvreau@capilanou.ca
Leah Bailly BFA, MFA, PhD
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 3677
Fir Building, room FR 464
leahbailly@capilanou.ca
Mandy Koolen BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, English & Women's & Gender Studies
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English
School of Social Sciences
Women's & Gender Studies

604 986 1911 ext. 2498
Fir Building, room FR 404
mandykoolen@capilanou.ca
Mark Thomson
Instructor, Philosophy & Psychology
School of Humanities
Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Psychology

604 984 4957 ext. 4957
Fir Building, room FR 404
markthom@capilanou.ca
Martin Godwyn
Instructor, Philosophy
School of Humanities
Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 2404
Fir Building, room FR 470
mgodwyn@capilanou.ca
Marwa Youssef
LRC Administrative Support
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Language Resource Centre

604 986 1911 ext. 2521
Birch Building, room BR289
marwayoussef@capilanou.ca
Megan Smetzer BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, Art History
School of Humanities
Art History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 2446
Fir Building, room FR 406C
megansmetzer@capilanou.ca
Michael Fleming M.Soc.Sci., PhD
Chair Sch. Humanities / Instructor, Phil
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Philosophy

604 986 1911 ext. 2429
Fir Building, room FR 434
mfleming@capilanou.ca
Michel-Antoine Xhignesse BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, Philosophy
School of Humanities
Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3691
Fir Building, room FR 444
michelxhignesse@capilanou.ca
Myles Wong
DDA 1
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities

604 986 1911 ext. 3098
Fir Building, room FR 404
manwong2@capilanou.ca
Nanci Lucas
Coordinator & Instructor, History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
History

604 986 1911 ext. 3673
Fir Building, room FR 404
nlucas@capilanou.ca
Norie Ishida
Instructional Associate, Japanese
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Japanese

604 986 1911 ext. 3649
Fir Building, room FR 404
norieishida@capilanou.ca
Patricia Tatum
Divisional Supervisor
School of Humanities
Art History
Chinese
English
French
History
Japanese
Language Resource Centre
Linguistics
Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spanish
Writing Centre

604 984 1713 ext. 1713
Fir Building, room FR 404A
ptatum@capilanou.ca
Rae Nickolichuk
Instructor, English
School of Humanities
English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 2289
Fir Building, room FR 428
rnickoli@capilanou.ca
Reg Johanson BA, MA
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 2428
Fir Building, room FR 404
rjohanso@capilanou.ca
Rita Poulsen
Instructor, Linguistics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Linguistics

604 986 1911 ext. 5900
ritapoulsen@capilanou.ca
Roger Farr BA (Hons), MA
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 2291
Fir Building, room FR 404
rfarr@capilanou.ca
Ryan Knighton BA (Hons), MA
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 2416
Fir Building, room FR 404
rknighto@capilanou.ca
Sandra Seekins BA, MA
Coordinator & Instructor, Art History
School of Social Sciences
Women's & Gender Studies
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Art History

604 986 1911 ext. 2288
Fir Building, room FR 450
sseekins@capilanou.ca
Sarah Derasp
Instructional Associate, French
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Language Resource Centre

604 986 1911 ext. 2521
Birch Building, room BR289
sarahderasp@capilanou.ca
Sheila Giffen
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 3542
Fir Building, room FR 404
sheilagiffen@capilanou.ca
Steven Maye
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 3068
Fir Building, room FR 464
stevenmaye@capilanou.ca
Steven Weber BA, MA, PhD
Instructor, Writing Centre Convenor
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 7150
Fir Building, room FR 456
stevenweber@capilanou.ca
Susan T. Gardner BN, BA, B.Phil, M.Litt, PhD
Instructor, Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Philosophy

604 986 1911 ext. 3002
Fir Building, room FR 420
sgardner@capilanou.ca
Tetsuro Shigematsu
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 3588
Fir Building, room FR 404
tetsuroshigematsu@capilanou.ca
Tim Acton BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Instructor, English
Capilano University Faculty Association
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 2402
Fir Building, room FR 426
tacton@capilanou.ca
Tong Zhang Chow BA (Hons), MA
Instructor, Chinese
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
Chinese

604 986 1911 ext. 2423
Fir Building, room FR 452
tchow@capilanou.ca
Torin McLachlan
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 3514
Fir Building, room FR 442
torinmclachlan@capilanou.ca
Victoria Ross BA (Hons), MA
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 2426
Fir Building, room FR 404
vross@capilanou.ca
Will Best
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 3528
Fir Building, room FR 420
williambest@capilanou.ca
Xiaoxuan Huang BA (Hons), MFA
Instructor, English
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
English

604 986 1911 ext. 3558
Fir Building, room FR 454
xiaoxuanhuang@capilanou.ca

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About this program

School of Humanities
604 984 4957, ext. 4957
Fir Building, room FR404
humanities@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Library Building, room LB152

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
registration@capilanou.ca