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Why Study the Humanities?
“A multi-dimensional world requires more than a one-dimensional education. The next great discoveries in our world will come not just from those with prodigious technical skills, but from those whose imaginations have been stimulated and whose ability to make connections outside thebox have been fostered. Toss in some ethical sensibilities and we have the ingredients for a positive future, a veritable road to everywhere.”
-Robert Newman, Dean of the College of Humanities
Some may question the economic value of a Humanities degree. The reality is that the College of Humanities at the University of Utah provides our students with critical skills that prepare them to succeed – personally and economically - in our increasingly complex and global society. But don’t just take our word for it - see what some of our students have to say about the relevance of their Humanities education.
What we do...
Students in the College of Humanities are known for their critical understanding of diverse cultures, gained through their study of literature, art, ideas and values.
Here are some things you may not already know about College of Humanities students:
- There are 23 majors and 30 minors offered through the College of Humanities, and over 2,500 undergraduates major in the College of Humanities.
- The College of Humanities confers 950 bachelor’s degrees & 100 graduate degrees each year.
- There are over 30 clubs and organizations on campus with a focus on Humanities issues.
What our alums are saying about their experience in the Humanities...
“My study of philosophy at the University of Utah significantly broadened my perspective, taught me the value of rigorous analysis and vastly enriched my life. I benefit every day from my treasured time at the University.”
- Ross “Rocky” Anderson,
Mayor, Salt Lake City BA Philosophy ‘73
"…My education in the Humanities at the University of Utah guided me
toward the establishment of a personal prime meridian
and, I hope, an internal moral clock that helps me find my way in new
explorations. My years at the University of Utah served as a baseline from
which I could judge myself and assess my contributions to the education and
achievements of others. “
Ann Weaver Hart,
Current President of the University of New Hampshire and
College of Humanities Distinguished Alumna, 2004