Why the Humanities?
The School of Humanities at HBU offers you a wide range of courses and areas of study. Our courses comprise the majority of the University’s core requirements. Every student at HBU will take Humanities classes regardless of major or career objective. These courses are fundamental to your college experience and will challenge you intellectually, change the way you look at the world, and prepare you for a career in a variety of fields.
When you take Humanities classes, you’ll be exposed to some of the greatest thinkers and writers of Western Civilization. These classes are designed to get you thinking about how we live our lives, the ethical and moral dilemmas we face, and the importance of good decision-making. Because our courses focus on these skills, Humanities majors make great employees because they are thinkers, communicators, and decision-makers.
For instance, the study of History allows you to examine why some leaders and nations succeed while others fail. The study of Government and Law confront you with fundamental questions about freedom, equality, and order. The English and Great Texts majors invite you to consider the human experience through stories and poetry, tragedies and comedies. The study of Communications and Sociology allows you to understand fundamental human dynamics, such as the way people communicate and interact. And becoming bilingual in a second language like Spanish will open up a multitude of opportunities and advantages for you.
Our Humanities programs impart lasting lessons for what it means to be both an educated and
successful person. Your critical-thinking skills will be sharpened. Your ability to write and speak effectively will be enhanced. You’ll learn how to articulate complex theories and ideas, debate them in class, and discuss them with classmates. You’ll also learn how to confront, analyze, and resolve difficult ethical, moral, and social dilemmas. In short, a major in the Humanities will teach you to be a thinker, problem-solver, and leader. These are just the sort of skills that are valued by employers in a variety of fields.
Our faculty are enthusiastic experts in their various disciplines. They would love to speak with you about your interests in a particular major and your career goals. You’ll find them easy to talk with and always eager to help. If you want to learn more about their personal interests, many of them are blogging together at Reflection and Choice
If you want an educational experience rooted in big ideas, great books, and engaging conversations that will prepare you for a variety of careers, check out our list of majors below and join us in the School of Humanities.