Opinion

Humanities, you’re a keeper!

Story by Tom Doetsch, Staff Writer
Photo courtesy by miamioh.edu

“When am I ever going to use this in the real world?” is one of the most common objections students will use to express their distaste towards whatever they’re studying. Humanities is probably the most applicable to “the real world”.

I was appalled when I heard that some colleges were thinking of getting rid of their humanities classes. Who doesn’t want to hear of all the climatic battles fought by Romans and Greeks? A small group of warriors making a giant wooden horse only to sneak into their enemies city only to burn it to a crisp sounds like a lot of fun to me. Aside from all of the glorious battles and epic poems, the philosophy of thinkers like Socrates, Aristotle, and Pythagoras is very interesting. To imagine that such an early civilization could host such intellectuals is astounding.

Employers consistently tell liberal arts colleges like Aquinas that they want to hire graduates who are broadly educated and who know how to write, speak, and think effectively. This is essentially what the Humanities provide for students,” said Dr. Daniel Brooks, Director of the Humanities Program at Aquinas.

What better real world experience can one want? Every single college student is at one point in their college career concerned with what they’re going to do after college; arguably the biggest concern is whether or not they’ll get a job in their career. Humanities classes supply students with the skills and traits that employers want to see, why would colleges want to take that away from their students?

“Exposure to the humanities teaches us how to appreciate the arts of learning and knowledge…I believe that studying the human experience is the same as studying our place in this larger physical and metaphysical environment,” said Omar Flores a Humanities Professor. Art, literature, history, all of these are quintessential to human existence because they define life and culture at the deepest level. When someone takes the time to understand the environment they are surrounded by, and appreciate it that is far more valuable than simply knowing how to memorize a set of terms and their definitions for a test or business meeting the next day, only to forget them soon after.

A modern day philosopher, Dr. Damon Horowitz once said, “It is a convenient truth: You go into the humanities to pursue your intellectual passion; and it just so happens, as a by-product, that you emerge as a desired commodity for industry.”

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