College of Arts & Sciences

Department of English, Philosophy & Modern Languages

Why the Humanities?

 

The term humanities, broadly defined, refers to the study of human cultures, languages, and systems of meaning and values.  Students of the humanities explore the interrelated disciplines of philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language.  In the 21st century, the question - "Why study the humanities?" - has become increasingly important in discussions of higher education, national values, and our networked, global world. 

 

The MSUB Department of English, Philosophy & Modern Languages prepares students to engage in these discussions with historical perspective and an appreciation for complexity, nuance, and difference.  We encourage our undergraduates to develop their own positions and arguments, to articulate them clearly and incisively, and to be leaders in a rapidly changing century.

 

 

Recent Articles of Interest
 

 Stanford University's Humanities Center answers the question "Why the Humanities Matter"

"That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket" [Forbes 7.29.15]

"Why Everyone Should Study the Liberal Arts, Even Future Doctors and Engineers" [EAB / 8.17.16]