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Liberal Arts, Language & Communication

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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.

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ESL student smiles during classroom discussion

ESL Endorsement and TESOL Certificate

Watch this short video and learn about Harper's ESL endorsement for certified teachers and the TESOL certificate for those who want to teach English to speakers of other languages. ... Watch the Video

Christmas and Eve Lily Nikopoulos NaNoWriMo Challenge

Christmas and Eve Lily Nikopoulos NaNoWriMo Challenge

Harper's NaNoWriMo course inspires writers, produces author

Lily Nikopoulos published ‘Christmas and Eve’ after completing her draft in Harper College’s Community Education novel-writing workshop.... Read More

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Study Abroad Panama

Harper supporting study abroad access with passport grant

The Institute of International Education’s American Passport grant aims to increase participation and diversity in study abroad journeys for students.... Read More

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Shelley Gilchrist Artist Statement Small WOrks

Small Works show brings art tradition back to campus

After a year off, the annual Harper National Juried Exhibition returns to spotlight pieces by artists from around the country while supporting the arts at the college.... Read More

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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

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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

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: 11/10/21