What is humanities?

The Humanities major is designed in the spirit of the ancient and proven curriculum of the liberal arts. The liberal arts are literally those arts appropriately exercised by a free people for their own sakes: learning that has as its end, a well-trained mind, a virtuous character, and a spiritual and intellectual life rich in concepts and symbols. The liberal arts, more than any other curriculum, develop students' abilities to understand, interpret, and evaluate complex texts, to articulate clearly their own thinking, to make effective judgments, and to solve problems. The Humanities major is designed for students who want a broad liberal education and an excellent preparation for professional schools such as law and medicine, for graduate programs in the humanities and other liberal arts, and for life as parents, citizens, and disciples. Liberal arts students also find their skills very much sought after by businesses. For many centuries the liberal arts have proven their value in preparing people for successful living and working.

Why should I consider majoring in humanities?

Like a general studies degree or a liberal arts degree, a humanities degree provides such a broad base of disciplines and options that you'll find it rewarding at any level. Receiving a Bachelor's degree in Humanities can lead to future studies in law, medicine, and business. Teaching certification is often preceded by a humanities degree. The bachelor's degree provides a suitable background for many different kinds of entry-level jobs, such as research assistant, administrative aide, or management or sales trainee. The major is designed for students who want a broad liberal education and preparation for graduate school including law and medicine.

What interests and values are related to humanities?

Students should be able to do thorough research and analysis, to express orally and in writing, and be able to understand statistical data. Students should be outgoing, ambitious, and have an interest in social issues. Humanities majors have interests in reading, writing, literature, language, philosophy, political science, history, and art.

What career fields are related to humanities?

  • Critic (Book/Theater)
  • Dramatist (Playwright)
  • Librarian
  • Education
  • Writer/Author
  • Business (ex.: Administrative assistant)
  • Philanthropy
  • Travel and Tourism
  • CEO

How can I learn more about humanities?

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Contact Source:

College of Language & Letters Academic Discovery Center

Location: Smith 269

Phone: 208-496-9860

Email: CLLacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu