Here are 9 reasons why humanities matter.

Title: Here are 9 reasons why humanities matter. What’s your number 10?

Author: Curt Rice

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The Internet, Online, 9/11/2015

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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.

  1. The humanities help us understand others through their languages, histories and cultures.
  2. They foster social justice and equality.
  3. And they reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world.
  4. The humanities teach empathy.
  5. They teach us to deal critically and logically with subjective, complex, imperfect information.
  6. And they teach us to weigh evidence skeptically and consider more than one side of every question.
  7. Humanities students build skills in writing and critical reading.
  8. The humanities encourage us to think creatively. They teach us to reason about being human and to ask questions about our world.
  9. The humanities develop informed and critical citizens. Without the humanities, democracy could not flourish.

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