Why Major in Humanities?
T-shirt designed by students for Pacific's biennial Jane Austen Night. The back of the shirt reads: "I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them."
I love studying the humanities...but what can I do with it?
A major in the humanities provides you with an intellectual tool kit for life. These collective disciplines—English, Art, Philosophy, Religious and Classical Studies, Modern Languages, Theatre Arts, and Film—produce the world's problem-solvers and entrepreneurs.
The humanities disciplines specialize in:
- Generating creative problem-solving across a wide range of social, cultural, and political contexts
- Mastering written and verbal communication skills
- Cultivating empathy, ethics, and civic responsibility
- Empowering students to express their individuality in a complex, democratic society
The entrepreneurial skills offered by a humanities major include the ability to:
1) Impose structure on complex problems
2) Make decisions based on deep analysis and evidence
3) Produce creative and compelling visions of enterprise
4) Engage in articulate self-expression and compassionate collaboration
Guess who majored in the humanities?
Below are some well-known business people and policy makers whose undergraduate major was in a humanities discipline.
Michael Eisner: CEO, Walt Disney, English and Theater
Janet Robinson: CEO, New York Times Co, English
Clarence Thomas: Supreme Court Justice, English
Sally Ride: Astronaut, English and Physics
Jerry Brown: California Governor, Classics
Les Moonves: CEO, CBS, Spanish
J. Paul Getty: CEO, Getty Oil, Philosophy
Peter Thiel: PayPal Co-founder, Philosophy
Sheila C. Bair: FDIC Chair, Philosophy
Raja Khanna: QuickPlay Media, Chief Creative Officer, Philosophy
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Careers of our recent majors
Here are some of the many varied careers and fields our recent graduates in the humanities have entered:
- Computer software design
- Graphic design
- Entertainment law
- Creative writing/publishing
- Work in the film/television industry
- Advertising production
- Theologian, Yale Divinity School