ESL, Languages, Humanities, Philosophy & Speech

The ESL, Languages, Humanities, Philosophy & Speech Department offers a variety of courses that will satisfy general education or elective requirements at four-year institutions. Earning an Associate in Arts (AA) or an Associate in Science (AS) degree at BHC before transferring is an ideal way to start your bachelor’s degree.

Areas of Focus for Transfer Students

Students taking courses in this department may transfer into many different majors. Here is a sample transfer plan:

Philosophy (PDF)

Where do you want to transfer?

If you already have a transfer school in mind, your advisor will customize your transfer plan. BHC also has many transfer guides and agreements already established with four-year institutions in a variety of majors.
Transfer Guides and Agreements »


Department Highlights

Non-Majors Welcome!

Nearly all BHC students take a required speech or communications class in this department. Interesting electives are also available, from Intercultural Communication to Ethics.

Speech Communication

Speech courses not only meet your gen-ed requirements, but also help you develop strong communication skills that employers expect. Skills taught and practiced in class allow you to anticipate and adapt to the challenges of communicating in your personal and professional life.

Note: For online completely sections of SPEC 101, students are required to record their speeches following requirements set by IAI.
View requirements for the Online Completely SPEC 101 Course

Academic ESL Program

We welcome international and ESL, EFL, and ELL students from around the world in our Academic ESL Program.

Student Clubs

Take advantage of student clubs and department events to expand your interests.

  • Conversation Cafes
  • HawkTalks
  • Speech Team
  • ESL Mentor & Mentee Program
  • Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Scholarship Opportunities

  • BHC Presidential Scholarship: In-district high school seniors in the top 10% of their graduating class at the end of seven semesters are eligible for the Black Hawk College Presidential Scholars Award.
  • Other BHC scholarship opportunities.
  • Transfer scholarships are also available at many transfer institutions.

Associate Degree Information

If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution after Black Hawk College, you can earn an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree.

Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Associate in Science 1645 AS Degree 60 AgricultureArt, Design and Performing ArtsBusiness, Computer and Engineering TechnologyEnglish, Reading & CommunicationESL, Languages, Humanities, Philosophy & SpeechHealth and Human ServicesMathematicsNatural Sciences & EngineeringPsychology and SociologySocial Sciences
Associate in Arts 1145 AA Degree 60 AgricultureArt, Design and Performing ArtsBusiness, Computer and Engineering TechnologyEnglish, Reading & CommunicationESL, Languages, Humanities, Philosophy & SpeechHealth and Human ServicesMathematicsNatural Sciences & EngineeringPsychology and SociologySocial Sciences
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