Why you should choose Humanities?


The Humanities stream has been much hurtful for many, many generations while Science has been considered a clearly superior and preferred option. As a student to oriental language I tried to address some of the common harbored misconceptions about Humanities and my responses to the same: People say it is an “Idiot” Stream: The common misconception is that Humanities is a stream for those who are not smart or intelligent enough to `get’ Science in school. That phenomenon is a thing of the past. Today, students opt for Humanities not because they feel they cannot `cope’ with Science but because the Humanities stream interests them and appeals to them. A quick survey of the Humanities students in any school today will reveal that some of the brightest students have opted for this stream. Why have they done that? A person studying Humanities often has a different mindset than someone who is studying Science. Humanities students are more aware and passionate about world affairs, social issues, and politics, economics, and human rights issues and so on. The other point to keep in mind is while some of the students who opt for Humanities may not be academically bright in the conventional sense; they are often very talented in diverse fields such as music, fine arts, dance or sports.

Does that make them any less intelligent? Anyone who is familiar with the Multiple Intelligence theory will know that intelligence transcends beyond academics. Today, a skilled violinist will be regarded as intelligent as someone else who aces every single Olympiad. So, just because some Humanities students may not get the best grades does not make them slow or dumb. It’s an Easy Stream: In terms of course load, Humanities is somewhat `lighter’ than Science but by no means is it a cakewalk or a `breeze’. A comparison with Commerce would put the two streams almost at par in terms of course work, especially where Humanities students have also chosen to study Mathematics and Economics.

Gone are the days when most Humanities subject required only rote learning and memorizing facts, figures and dates. The examination pattern today is radically different in the Humanities stream. To score well, one needs to go beyond the textbook and be abreast of current affairs. History and Political Science may seem like subjects that rely on rote learning, but they definitely require critical thinking skills.

I feel lucky that I was able to opt for Humanities without facing any pressure from my parents and family. I feel it has enriched my life in many ways and given me life skills that will stay with me all through my life, beyond my years as a student. The heated discussions in Political Science have encouraged me to appreciate other points of view, even if I do not necessarily agree with them. History has taught me to learn from my past mistakes as well as achievements and helped me acknowledge the contribution of our ancestors to the world today. Economics has helped me understand the theory behind the economic phenomena and the government policies that we see around us every day.I must state clearly that it is not my objective here to prove that the Humanities stream is superior to Science or Commerce. Every stream has its strengths and limitations, and students should choose streams according to their interests and career objectives, rather than only studying Science because it is the one thing’. If Humanities genuinely interests you, do not be discouraged by the stigma that is often attached to this stream. Mindsets and attitudes in our society are changing and I’m sure the day is not far when the Humanities stream will also enjoy a pride of place in our education system

While taking the interview of one of my friend, I came to know that humanities is totally something working out socially, so those who like to become social and interact outta world must choose humanities.

 

Rank

Job Title

Most Common Major

% Workers with Major

Mid-Career Pay

% High Job Meaning

1

Attorney / Lawyer

History

8%

$159,000

61%

2

Corporate Communications Director

English Literature

14%

$128,000

N/A

3

Editorial Director

English Literature

11%

$92,200

N/A

4

Executive Editor

English Literature

16%

$91,200

N/A

5

Content Strategist

English Language & Literature

12%

$90,500

N/A

6

Legal Administrator

History

9%

$89,400

N/A

7

Content Marketing Manager

English Language & Literature

13%

$82,100

N/A

8

Editor in Chief

English Language & Literature

14%

$74,900

N/A

9

Content Manager

English Language & Literature

8%

$72,200

N/A

10

Senior Writer

English Language & Literature

11%

$71,400

N/A

11

Web Producer

English Literature

8%

$69,900

N/A

12

Technical Writer

English Language & Literature

16%

$69,700

37%

13

Office Manager, Law Firm

History

8%

$67,600

N/A

14

Proposal Writer

English Language & Literature

15%

$66,800

N/A

14

Senior Communications Specialist

English Literature

8%

$66,800

N/A

 

 
 

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