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Why Study the Humanities?

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Because your coursework and lectures will be not only fun and interesting, they will also help you to think critically about the world we live in and the human experience!

You’ll learn about riveting histories, be exposed to rich and distant cultures, and become immersed in beautiful works of literature and art.  While immersed in the arts and culture, you will be cultivating your analytical, research and writing skills at the same time.

You’re also very likely to catch the travel bug while studying the humanities. Conveniently, there are a number of travel funding and research opportunities within the humanities fields that allow you to see the world beyond the United States.



The argument that humanities degrees translate to lower salaries than STEM and professional degrees paints an inaccurate picture that is in part contested by the salaries of people who go on to graduate school. You don’t have to stick to the sciences to have a financially comfortable career and a high quality of lifeearnings bump

Humanities degrees are some of the biggest feeders to graduate programs, and not just humanities graduate programs. Many people who earn humanities degrees pursue opportunities in law school and the social sciences. The tools of thought you learn in a humanities bachelor program (how to reason, analyze, critique and argue) lend themselves well to further study in other fields.


Drivers of capital

No grad school

Humanities degrees are not just feeder programs for graduate schools but are useful, professional degrees in themselves. Being able to express yourself in a clear, analytically sound manner is unarguably useful in such careers as technical writing, public relations, human resources, management, and humanitarian work.
People with liberal arts degrees are increasingly becoming a popular hire in the tech world as well: “Throughout the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Tex., software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger”

Many Titans of the technology industry received humanities educations that equipped them with creative problem solving abilities, innovation and implementation skills as well as the interpersonal tools to become the heads of large and diverse companies.

The people skills that you learn in the HUMANities also lead to successful careers in sales, customer service, education, and social services.


why study languages

Studying languages not only helps your career prospects, it also fosters a better understanding of the English language. English grammar that was utterly boring in your high school English class is made interesting and new when you contrast it with the grammar of a whole new language.
Learning a new language gives you first hand access to new people and cultures, broadening your worldview and understanding.  Not only does learning about a new culture make you want to experience that culture through travel, learning languages gives you more access to the funding opportunities to do so.  At the Center for European studies we offer summer travel grants as well as academic year and summer FLAS fellowships to study modern European languages.

Culture and History Courses
EUS3140: Culture in Crisis: The European Avant-Garde Between the Wars
EUS3220: Secret Police under Communism
EUS3930 Section 003B: Queer Nations
EUS3930 Section 03GH: Turkey and Europe
EUS3930 Section 0763: The Global History of WWI
EUS3930 Section 11E2: Greece During WWII
EUS3930 Section 136E: Anthropology of East Europe
EUS3930 Section 137D: Genes, Blood and the Body
EUS3930 Section 138C: The Culture of Weimar Germany
EUS3930 Section 157E: Urban Cultures
EUS3930 Section 1G2: Migration in Europe
Hungarian Language
HNG1130 Beginning Hungarian I
HNG1180 Elementary Hungarian: Review and Progress I
*For Heritage Speakers
HNG2220 Intermediate Hungarian ITurkish Language
TUR1130 Beginning Turkish I
TUR2220 Intermediate Turkish ICzech Language
CZE1130 Introduction to Czech Language and Culture I
CZE2200 Intermediate Czech IPolish Language
POL1130 Introduction to Polish Language and Culture I
POL2200 Intermediate Polish I

Ancient and Modern Greek Languages
GRE1120 Beginning Ancient Greek I
GRK1130 Beginning Modern Greek I

GRK2200 Intermediate Modern Greek I

Note: If you are offering a Humanities course related to Europe that you would like to add to the list, please contact Kokila Mendis at