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In today's complex communication and cultural environment, studying liberal arts is more important than ever. Developing a deep understanding of how we relate to one another, construct meaning, and communicate values can help you navigate today's complex landscape. As a result, today's employers are searching for recent graduates who have learned how to think, not what to think.

Harper College is an excellent place to start for those seeking to study English, humanities, language, linguistics, communication, and philosophy. These programs are designed to help save you money and to allow you an easy transition to another institution to further your education.  

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Take transfer-ready courses. Harper College is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement designed to help Illinois college students transfer easily.

By completing two years at Harper and transferring to a four-year school, you can save more than $18,000 in tuition and fees.

Explore our programs

Harper College offers a number of liberal arts, language and communication transfer programs. To get started, select one of the program areas below:

Interested in another subject? If you are interested in transferring to study an liberal arts–related subject not listed here, please meet with an academic advisor to learn what courses to take to meet your academic goals.

Find out what's happening in communication, linguistics, literature, philosophy and world languages at Harper College.

Detail from cover of Point of View

Detail from cover of Point of View

Read Point of View, Harper's arts and literary magazine

Check out poetry, short stories and visual arts submitted by Harper students in the 2020-21 edition of Point of View, Harper College's award-winning arts and literary magazine.... Read More

Dr. Tamara A. Johnson

Dr. Tamara A. Johnson

Harper's new VP of DEI blends background in psychology, inclusive excellence framework

Dr. Tamara A. Johnson, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, reflects on the common threads of her career as she prepares to enhance Harper College initiatives to serve underrepresented populations.... Read More

Harper 2021 graduates hold diplomas

Harper 2021 graduates hold diplomas

MacKenzie Scott gift helps launch Igniting Paths to Success Scholarship

The two-year Igniting Paths to Success Scholarship will award full tuition, fees and books to 1,000 students beginning this fall.... Read More

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eliza ferstein

Ten Questions with Eliza Ferstein

Eliza Ferstein, 2021 Promise Scholar graduate, on the one thing she can't live without, the cast of "That '70s Show" and what she's hopeful for.... Read More

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The Harbinger logo

'The Harbinger' wins big at statewide competition

Harper College's student newspaper, 'The Harbinger,' won top billing in the most competitive categories at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA) annual contest.... Read More

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Ten Questions with Dr. Shanté Holley

Dr. Shanté Holley, professor of English at Harper College, on Sherlock Holmes, vegan doughnuts and what she's hopeful for. ... Read More

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Some members of Harper's Speech and Debate Team practice

Harper's Speech and Debate Team excelling in online competitions

Harper College's Speech and Debate Team has made the successful pivot to online competitions, finishing as the overall silver medalist at all three contests.... Read More

A Harper DJ on the air in the WHCM radio booth

A Harper DJ on the air in the WHCM radio booth

WHCM Radio celebrates 20 years on the FM frequency

Just about all DJs on Harper Radio WHCM 88.3 FM are students, and they have been for the station’s nearly 50-year history. Up until 20 years ago, you had to listen to them on campus speakers. For the last two decades,... Read More

Ranjani Murali

Ranjani Murali

Meet Ranjani Murali, Diverse Faculty Fellow

Ranjani Murali became a Diverse Faculty Fellow this fall, but she has been at Harper since 2015 as an adjunct faculty member teaching English. ... Read More

Get Started

To get started with liberal arts, language and communication courses, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, submit a request information form, or submit an online application now.

Last Updated: 8/23/21