At Idyllwild Arts, the Humanities curriculum helps form the cornerstone of a citizen artist’s education, empowering them to enrich public discourse, innovate in the arts, and succeed in the diverse professional fields of the 21st century. Humanities Department courses focus on developing the skills of critical analysis, creative thinking, effective communication, and meaningful collaboration, encouraging students to consider how their artistic work can impact themselves and others to create positive change in the world around them.
Our Humanities program provides the groundwork for an education of the Citizen Artist, a person whose professional success rests on expanding the diversity of civic discourse and reimagining the application of the creative arts. Courses focus on examining the human experience through multiple lenses and instilling vital values such as empathy, respect, responsibility, and integrity, preparing students to become leaders who shape a better world through both their art and their humanity.
Students have the opportunity to take honors courses beginning in 10th grade. These courses are weighted and provide an in-depth study of History, English, Economics, Ethnic Studies, and more. Entrance into these classes requires an application and department approval, based on the following metrics: