Study the Humanities

About the Toolkit

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 first five sections of the toolkit are organized around overarching arguments for studying the humanities and the data—packaged into charts, data points, profiles, and articles—that can be used to bolster those arguments. Finally, the sixth section of the toolkit contains articles on the value of studying the humanities that are ripe for sharing on social media or in print.

toolkit_border.jpgUsing The Toolkit

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 as 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 quotes and video, can be easily copied and pasted.

Help Us Learn More

The Toolkit is currently in phase 2. In phase 1, we 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.

For phase 2, we are collecting successful strategies for making the case for studying the humanities from the humanities community through a series of surveys. In the coming months, we will be adding additional supporting data as well as success stories about how humanities faculty and administrators across the country are developing innovative ways to promote the humanities on college campuses.

To contribute, please visit the toolkit’s Help us Learn More page to share additional data and your success stories.