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ERIC Number: EJ1081262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 9
The Humanities Are Dead! Long Live the Humanities!
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v16 n1 p3-11 Spr-Sum 2015
The academic disciplines and values of the humanities in western cultures run from the Greek trivium--grammar, logic, rhetoric--to modern-day studies in history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, languages, art history, and some interdisciplinary studies. What is their future, and what is their relationship to honors education? Are the humanities dying or dead? Humanities faculty have been particularly drawn to honors work, suggesting a special connection. Honors education and the humanities share core values, including the importance of deep, sustained reading. Students of history, literature, and philosophy confront complex and demanding texts, and develop sophisticated methods of analyzing these texts. A hallmark of honors education is that students experience primary materials of study, reading original texts in all sorts of fields. Both humanities and honors value not only high levels of reading skill but thoughtful responses to texts and an ability to integrate them into broader knowledge, reaching toward not just learning but wisdom. The humanities have been, and continue to be, a generous gift to honors education. This article discusses how, despite the societal arguments that the humanities are "dead," English, history, philosophy, and language majors are finding all sorts of interesting and useful employment in law, government work, environmental organizations, international business, fundraising, public relations, human resources, and management.
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Humanities, Humanities Instruction, Educational Benefits, Interdisciplinary Approach, Futures (of Society), Educational Trends, General Education
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