Date of this Version
Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Spring/Summer 2015, Volume 16, Number 1.
Larry Andrews’s article “The Humanities Are Dead! Long Live the Humanities!” addresses and solidifies the notion that, at least from the standpoint of academicians, the humanities are alive and well. We need to approach the matter from a student’s viewpoint, however. Every university and community college that I know of requires some humanities study at least in the first two years, but it often ends with two courses for a two-year school and maybe three at a four-year institution. The claim by the Stanford Humanities Center that “The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience” points to the necessity for awareness of other cultures and other people’s experiences in a world of diverse populations. The lack of this awareness may be partly responsible for the ever increasing rate of terrorism and hate crimes. Certainly, those perpetrators seem to lack an awareness and appreciation of cultures other than their own.