Why Humanities and the Arts?

What can I do with a major in humanities and the arts?

  • The short answer is “anything and everything.” Students who major in humanities and the arts can discover and explore a cause, a passion, or a commitment that they can then fit with a career or employment. Sometimes the connection between humanities and the arts disciplines and careers is direct (advertising and public relations), and sometimes it is not (philosophy and US Treasury secretary).
  • A few notable graduates with degrees in Humanities and Arts were Upton Sinclair (author of The Jungle), Oscar Hijuelos (Pulitzer Prize recipient & author of The Mambo Kings), Walter Mosley (Novelist best known for crime fiction), Ernest Lehman (Acclaimed screenwriter) Mario Puzo (American author and screenwriter of “The God Father”), and Luis Guzman (Accomplished actor).

Listen to what the experts say.

Former US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin explains how a passion for philosophy paved the way to his career. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/30/opinion/robert-e-rubin-philosophy.html

Google’s own research that the skills of a liberal arts education (communication, teamwork, analytic and synthetic thinking, and problem solving) are the most important qualities of its successful employees.

American Academy of Arts & Sciences study finds that “shows humanities grads to be gainfully employed and holding positions of authority” and “when it comes to measures of career satisfaction, humanities grads are as satisfied as those who majored in STEM.”

Dr. Richard Detweiler, President of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), recent study finds highly positive impact of liberal arts (including humanities & the arts) on graduates’ life experiences, including leadership, civic-mindedness … and financial success.  file:///C:/Users/ekoch1/Documents/CCNY/CCNY.Articles/Research%20documents%20life%20impact%20of%20attending%20a%20liberal%20arts%20college.htm

Higher education expert Jeffrey J. Selingo in a New York Times op-ed on the great employment possibilities for majors in the humanities and the arts

Did you know that 82 percent of executives and 75 percent of managers think completing a liberal arts education is “very important” or “absolutely essential”?

Jonathan McBride, managing director and global head of inclusion at the investment management company BlackRock.  https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/01/07/conference-speakers-stress-value-liberal-arts-skills-small-college-presidents?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=89a28b379d-DNU_2019_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-89a28b379d-199703105&mc_cid=89a28b379d&mc_eid=21ed2cf55e

Why study humanities and the arts if you are majoring in another school or division?

  •     The short answer is because humanities and the arts will enrich and broaden your thinking and inform the work that you do as an engineer, scientist, architect, etc.

Listen to what the experts say.

Professor Richard Lachman (Ryerson University) explains why STEAM (= science-technology-engineering-Arts-math) is much better preparation for those interested in STEM.

Professor Kenneth Osgood (Director of the McBride Honors Program, Colorado School of Mines) on why engineers need the liberal arts (including humanities & the arts) in order to be effective engineers.

Discover the Return on Investment yourself on this Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce database: https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/CollegeROI/