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.


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.

Members of a laughter club participate in a laughing exercise in Mumbai

4. The humanities teach empathy.


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

A Muslim bride is helped with her ornaments, before the start of a mass marriage ceremony in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad

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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