Toolkit Overview

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. 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.

The first five sections of the toolkit are organized around an overarching argument for the humanities and the data—packaged into charts, data points, profiles, and articles—that can be used to bolster that argument. The sixth section offers a compendium of articles on the benefits of studying the humanities that have appeared in national news outlets.

Using the Toolkit

We invite you 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 athletic 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 websites, including those with quotations and video, can be easily copied and pasted.

Help us Learn More

The Toolkit is currently in Phase 1. We have aggregated available quantitative and qualitative data that make the case that the humanities help students succeed in a wide range of careers and provide benefits beyond the marketplace, but we hope to collect more in the coming months.

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.

Help us as we build out Phase 2 of the project in the following ways:

  1. Share additional studies and data that we can add to the toolkit.

  2. 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 and gain recognition for humanities research, but the knowledge of how they have successfully done so is diffuse. We will collect and share your success stories, allowing us all to benefit from what has worked for others.

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