Studies in the Humanities

Studies in the Humanities

Humanities Degrees Lead to Career Opportunities 

Employers are increasingly recognizing the need to hire employees who not only possess technical skills, but also a broad humanities-based education, involving communication skills, critical thinking, empathy, ethical judgement and team work.

90% of 300 companies that responded to a recent Association of American Colleges and Universities survey are asking employees to use a broader set of skills than in the past.

Visual Arts occupations:

art director, graphic designer, film and video editor, interior designer, photographer

History occupations:

teacher, archeologist, museum curator, broadcast journalist, civil service administrator, lawyer

English occupations:

librarian, editor, publisher, technical writer, author, copy writer

What are the Humanities?

The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience. The field of humanities includes the study of disciplines such as philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language. All of these fields give students an in-demand skillset applicable to today’s professional environments, particularly when paired with technical skills and knowledge.

What skills are gained by studying Humanities?

  • Analytical thinking
  • Oral and written communication
  • Appreciation of other cultures and values
  • Teamwork

NH Humanities Collaborative

The Community College System of New Hampshire and the University of New Hampshire’s College of Liberal Arts are ramping up their efforts to promote humanities-based education through a new partnership. The collaborative, the first to pair a community college system with a flagship public university, is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Community college faculty will be supported by a network of UNH faculty members in their disciplines, collaborating on academic content and quality, while providing students with pathways to associate degree completion, UNH bachelor’s programs and fulfilling careers. The program will accomplish the following:

  • Provide students with academic guidance
  • Transfer academic advising notes from previous school to UNH to ensure a smooth transition
  • Implement transfer student orientations at UNH similar to that of incoming freshmen
  • Promote the humanities and social sciences through workshops, events and increased class offerings

Study the Humanities Toolkit

Study the Humanities is a collection of information for higher education faculty and administrators to use in making the case for the value of studying the humanities as an undergraduate. Click here to access Study the Humanities Toolkit site and explore the available quantitative and qualitative data, examples of high-achieving humanities graduates, and compelling articles and videos that make the case that the humanities help students succeed in a wide range of careers and provide benefits beyond the marketplace.

Click here to read "The business case for humanities education"

“This collaborative will illuminate the value of the humanities for civic well-being and career advancement by communicating to students the role of the humanities in providing a well-rounded education experience.”

- UNH President Mark Huddleston

“While technical skills are highly sought-after in today’s economy, the humanities still have a critical role to play in the educational and professional experience of our students.”

- CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell