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.

The Humanities

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

Our Programs

Whether we create a program on our own, team up with partners around the state, or provide the funding to help other cultural organizations bring programs to life, all of our work brings people together to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. These include:

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