Title: Here are 9 reasons why humanities matter. What’s your number 10?
Author: Curt Rice
Full Text & Source: http://www.curt-rice.com/2014/02/25/here-are-9-reasons-why-humanities-ma
The Internet, Online, 9/11/2015
Did you know that over two-thirds of humanities majors get jobs in the private sector? Did you know that almost 60% of U.S. CEOs have degrees in the humanities? Did you know that the humanities receive less than 0.5% of federal research money in the U.S. and only about 1% in Europe?
I’ll list here nine arguments that the humanities are important. While you read them, try to think of what you would fill in as number 10.
- The humanities help us understand others through their languages, histories and cultures.
- They foster social justice and equality.
- And they reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world.
- The humanities teach empathy.
- They teach us to deal critically and logically with subjective, complex, imperfect information.
- And they teach us to weigh evidence skeptically and consider more than one side of every question.
- Humanities students build skills in writing and critical reading.
- The humanities encourage us to think creatively. They teach us to reason about being human and to ask questions about our world.
- The humanities develop informed and critical citizens. Without the humanities, democracy could not flourish.