Global Curriculum
Academic Programs

Humanities

Human experience, witnessed through history and expressed through literature, is most effectively studied as an integrated whole. The Humanities program in ninth and tenth grades at Vistamar combines the traditional subjects of English and history in double-credit, year-long courses. The connections between different fields of knowledge are made explicit, and interdisciplinary topics, projects, and discussions maximize the crossover benefits of investigating the historical context of literature and exploring the cultural content of political action.

Each of the first two years of Humanities includes supplementary required courses in English and social studies: linguistics and economics in grade nine; speech & debate and cultural anthropology in grade ten.

In eleventh grade all students take AP English Language, a skills-based course emphasizing reading comprehension and writing, and Honors United States History, that culminates in the writing of an extensive historical research paper.

In twelfth grade a range of senior electives are offered, including AP English Literature, AP Economics, AP Human Geography, Contemporary World Issues and Psychology.

Department Objectives

The Humanities Department uses the following principles as its "learning objectives" in all courses. As a fusion of history, language arts, and geography our curriculum enables students to:

• read critically, write stylishly, and speak confidently
• enjoy all genres of literature, and appreciate the power and beauty of language
• understand change and continuity in human affairs across time
• organize and evaluate the social, political and cultural events of the past
• explain how the physical environment has shaped human culture globally
• compare cultures across geographical boundaries and empathize with difference


Meet the Faculty

List of 12 members.

  • Andrew Taylor 

    Department Chair, Humanities Teacher
    Oxford University - BA
    UCLA - MA
  • Pamela Davis 

    Life Planning Director & Humanities Faculty
    Stanford University - AB
    Brown University - Ph.D.
    Bio
  • Pablo Delgado 

    Humanities Teacher, International Student Coordinator
    San Francisco State University - BA
    University of California, Irvine - MA
    Bio
  • Courtney Federle 

    Humanities Teacher
    Bio
  • Stephanie Garcia 

    Humanities Teacher
    California State University, Sacramento - BA
    University of San Diego - MA
  • Lisa Gumina 

    Director of Teaching & Learning; Humanities & Psychology Teacher
    Movavian College - BA
    Widener University - MA
    Bio
  • Beth Jones 

    Humanities Teacher
    Biola University - BA
    Claremont Graduate University - MA
    Fuller Theological Seminary - MDiv and ThM
    Bio
  • Min Kim 

    Humanities Teacher
    Northwestern University - BA
    Harvard University - M. Ed.
    Bio
  • Sarah Older Aguilar 

    Humanities Teacher
    UCLA - PhD
  • David Pham 

    Humanities Teacher
    University of California, Irvine - BA
    Stanford University - MA
  • Démian Pritchard 

    Humanities Teacher
    UC Berkeley - BA
    UC San Diego - MA
    UC San Diego - PhD
  • Gil Griffin 

    Humanities Teacher
    Bio
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