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THE HUMANITIESare about what it is to be human.

The Humanities are academic disciplines that seek to appreciate and interpret the human experience, from individuals to entire cultures, engaging in the discover, preservation, and communication of the PAST and PRESENT record to enable a deeper understanding of contemporary society.

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

JUSTICEThe humanities foster social justice and equality.

ANALYSISThe humanities teach us to deal critically and logically with subjective, complex, imperfect information.

MORALITYThe humanities reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world.

MULTIFACETEDThe humanities teach us to weigh evidence skeptically and consider more than one side of every question.

COMMUNICATIONThe humanities students build skills in writing and critical reading.

QUESTIONSThe value of the humanities is more often the questions posed, rather than the answers found. The humanistic study is not formulaic.

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

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

SCIENCEThe renowned scientist E. O. Wilson recently described the humanities as the natural history of culture, and our most private and precious heritage. The humanities are the study of what makes us human, of what it means to be human. As they penetrate every aspect of existence, they can, and should, intersect with the natural and social sciences.

INFORMATIONTerras, M., Priego, E., Rockwell, G. and Thomas, L. (2013). "The Humanities Matter!" www.4humanities.org

Sarah Churchwell: Why the humanities matter, November 13, 2014. https://www.timeshighereducation.com