Humanities Department


The Department offers many courses and unique learning opportunities, all designed to help students develop knowledge and skills that will help them be successful across a wide range of professional and academic futures. In addition to the areas of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, students can also take courses in Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies

Our professors are all experts in their fields and motivated by a desire to teach. We work closely with other departments across the College, and institutions across the city, to offer a variety of possibilities for students. Our degree programs focus especially on preparing students for transfer, and are well-suited for students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or beyond. We offer Associate’s degrees in Religious Studies and Liberal Arts, including the possibility of a Liberal Arts - Social/Behavioral Science Option or a Liberal Arts - Honors Option.

Department Head

Osvil Acosta-Morales

Summer I, 2023 Office Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Remote)
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (On campus)

For an appointment, please email Evette Moore ( ) or Department Head Osvil Acosta-Morales

Office: (Bonnell Building) BR-21G / (Mint Building) M3-02A
Telephone: 215-751-8655


Black Studies

Coordinator: Boi-Lucia Gbaya-Kanga,

Summer I, 2023 Office Hours: Please email to schedule an appointment

Monday - Thursday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. and by appointment
Locationg: Zoom

Office: BR-40
Telephone: 215-751-8499


Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts - Social/Behavioral Science

Coordinator: John Joyce,

Summer I, 2023 Office Hours: Can be reached by email to schedule an appointment, for Zoom as well.

Tuesday - Thursday,
8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Office: B1-06
Telephone: 215-751-8687


Liberal Arts - Honors

Coordinator: Sarah Iepson,

Summer I, 2023 Virtual Office Hours:

Monday, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., & 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Monday, Course load office hours: 9:40 - 11:40 a.m. (Library Learning Commons)

Office: BR-21C
Telephone: 215-751-8772


Religious Studies

Coordinator: David Prejsnar,

Summer I, 2023 Office Hours:

If a different time outside of office hours is needed, please email, day before, for an appointment.

Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in BR-25A or Virtual
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Virtual

Office: BR-25A
Telephone: 215-751-8644

Events and Activities

Each semester the Department sponsors a number of College-wide events and activities, often bringing scholars to campus for public lectures and coordinating student trips to sites with historical, religious or cultural significance. Check back here regularly for updates on upcoming events and news about past events.