High school students are urged to take as many courses as they can in the areas covered by the humanities: art, literature, music, philosophy, and history. Personal experiences, such as performing in a high school band, orchestra or chorus, or taking part in a theatrical production, or being in a poetry reading and writing group, will also be valuable preparation for college work.

Community college transfers are encouraged to participate in some of the many high level activities in the arts and humanities provided at California Community Colleges.

For students preparing to enter the Master of Arts in Humanities Program some prior experience with courses or individual study in the areas of art, music, literature, history, and philosophy is required. Foreign languages also provide valuable preparation for this program.