About the Humanities

"The humanities comprise those fields of knowledge and learning concerned with human thought, experience, and creativity."

- American Council of Learned Societies


"The humanities…are disciplines of memory and imagination, telling us where we have been and helping us envision where we are going."

- Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences


 "The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience. Since humans have been able, we have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language to understand and record our world. These modes of expression have become some of the subjects that traditionally fall under the humanities umbrella."

- Stanford Humanities Center


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