What Are The Humanities?

The humanities are fields of learning that help us understand and appreciate human history, culture, values, and beliefs. They allow us to analyze our complex society and to make thoughtful, reasoned decisions based on inquiry, evaluation, and empathy.

Insofar that they carry out the above definition, humanities fields include (but are not limited to):

American Studies
Anthropology
Archaeology
Area Studies
Art and Architectural History and Criticism
Cultural Studies
Economics
Ethics
Ethnic Studies (This includes field such as
African American Studies, Asian American
Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, Native
American Studies, etc. )
Folklore
Geography
History

History and Ethics of Science and Technology
International Studies
Jurisprudence
Languages and Linguistics (including both classical and modern languages)
Literature (both prose and poetry)
Music History and Criticism
Philosophy
Political Science
Religion and Comparative Religion
Sociology
Theatre History and Criticism
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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