9 reasons why humanities matters a lot

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?

In India, this is the time when we should start giving importance to Humanities. Here is 9 reasons why subjects of humanity matters a lot:

1. The humanities help us understand others through their languages, histories and cultures.

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2. They foster social justice and equality.

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3. And they reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world.

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4. The humanities teach empathy.

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5. They teach us to deal critically and logically with subjective, complex, imperfect information.

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6. And they teach us to weigh evidence skeptically and consider more than one side of every question.

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7. Humanities students build skills in writing and critical reading.

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8. The humanities encourage us to think creatively. They teach us to reason about being human and to ask questions about our world.

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9. The humanities develop informed and critical citizens. Without the humanities, democracy could not flourish.

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