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Insights Into Everything

Through exploration of the humanities we learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask
questions. Because these skills allow us to gain new insights into everything from poetry and paintings to
business models and politics, humanistic subjects have been at the heart of a liberal arts education since
the ancient Greeks first used them to educate their citizens.
Understanding Our World
Research into the human experience adds to our knowledge about our world. Through the work of
humanities scholars, we learn about the values of different cultures, about what goes into making a work
of art, about how history is made. Their efforts preserve the great accomplishments of the past, help us
understand the world we live in, and give us tools to imagine the future.
Bringing Clarity to the Future
Today, humanistic knowledge continues to provide the ideal foundation for exploring and understanding
the human experience. Investigating a branch of philosophy might get you thinking about ethical
questions. Learning another language might help you gain an appreciation for the similarities in different
cultures. Contemplating a sculpture might make you think about how an artist's life affected her creative
decisions. Reading a book from another region of the world, might help you think about the meaning of
democracy. Listening to a history course might help you better understand the past, while at the same
time offer you a clearer picture of the future.
General Objectives To understand the meaning and importance of the art To identify and appreciate the
different forms and aspects of art through a study of various elements, mediums, and techniques used in
the creation of art To enhance enjoyment of the arts particularly local artists and those from the
students own cultural heritage
3. HUMANITIES: What is it? The term Humanities comes from the Latin word, humanitas
It generally refers to art, literature, music, architecture, dance and the theatrein which human
subjectivity is emphasized and individual expressiveness is dramatized.
4. How important is Humanities?
The fields of knowledge and study falling under humanities are dedicated to the pursuit of discovering
and understanding the nature of man.
The humanities deal with man as a being of purpose, of values, loves, hates, ideas and sometimes as a
seer, or prophet with divine inspiration.
The humanities aim at educating.
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To practice the analytical thinking skills you need to be a successful student and employee.
To improve your skill at oral and written communication.
To see the interconnectedness of all areas of knowledge - how it all fits together.
To develop a global perspective by studying cultures throughout the world.
To deepen your understanding and appreciation of other's cultures and other's points of view.
To support and strengthen your local arts community by learning to appreciate the importance of
creativity.
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To clarify your values by comparing and contrasting them to what others have thought.
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To deepen your sources of wisdom by learning how others have dealt with failures, success,
adversities, and triumphs.
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To appreciate what is enduring and to be able to tell the difference between the meaningless and
the meaningful.
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To be inspired by some of the greatest minds and thoughts of the ages.