Humanities and Social Sciences are two major categories. The Humanities, that is the study of the human condition by analytics, which includes the arts, music, theater, visual art. The Social Sciences which is the study of the human condition by empiricism include sociology, psychology, history, education, economics, political science, and the like.
As of today, machines already do most of our arithmetic, check our spelling & grammar, draw our blueprints, gather all sorts of technical data, calculate probabilities, monitor market trends, and so on. Machines can do so much of this because most of these tasks require little or no genuine creativity, sense of values, sense of purpose, sense of connectedness with humanity, love, joy, or wisdom. If humanity were entirely replaced by machines, then there would be no need for knowledge of the humanities. But so long as human beings exist, and so long as human beings makes decisions that affect the lives of millions of other people, the humanities are of primary importance.
Take a moment to think about what sort of knowledge falls under the humanities: critical thinking, creative thinking, self-expression, self-knowledge, heuristic knowledge of our place in history, heuristic knowledge of our role in "the big picture" of Being, ethics, spirituality, social cooperation, healing.
At Graphic Era Hill University we believe that a truly good humanities education would point us down a path leading not just to the sorts of technical abilities needed to get a job, but a path toward self-knowledge, holistic knowledge, and wisdom.
Let us now answer the question that might be going through your mind. Why the subject Humanities is important?
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 to 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 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 history course might help you to have a better understanding of the past, while at the same time giving you a clearer picture of what the future holds.