Humanities majors outperform others on many measures
Employers want humanities majors' knowledge and skills
Humanities majors find lucrative and satisfying careers
Humanities majors are at the highest levels of a wide variety of professions
The benefits of studying the humanities extend far beyond career
Articles on the value of studying the humanities that are ripe for sharing
The Study the Humanities Toolkit is a collection of resources for higher education faculty and administrators to use in making the case for the value of studying the humanities as an undergraduate.
The Toolkit is currently in Phase 1. We have aggregated 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. We offer this as a resource, but also as a starting point for an effort to gather additional data from the humanities community.
Building on contributions from the humanities community, Phase 2 will include additional data along with success stories about how humanities faculty and administrators across the country are developing innovative ways to promote the humanities on college campuses.
We invite you to use the material in the toolkit to create print and electronic materials that will address the audiences you are trying to reach, such as potential majors, parents, administrators, career counselors, or athletics departments.
Some sections of the website—particularly those with graphs, charts, and statistics—have a “Share, Download, Present” function at the bottom of the page, which will download the material into a series of slides. From there, individual assets can be used in a variety of ways or used collectively for a presentation.
Other sections of the website, including those with quotations and video, can be easily copied and pasted.
Help us learn about best practices for promoting the humanities on college campuses so that we can share them with the National Humanities Alliance community.
Humanities faculty and administrators across the country are developing innovative ways to draw students to humanities classes, but the knowledge of how they have successfully done so is diffuse. To capture successful approaches, as well as learn more about the challenges at different types of institutions, we created the following survey for faculty and administrators. Survey results will help us to create shareable resources that document particularly effective strategies. Please take a moment to share about relevant efforts at your institution for the benefit of others.
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