Have you ever heard of The Humanities? It’s fine if you haven’t, I hadn’t heard of it either until my senior year of college, which was a little late to mention something so essential to human thinking.
The Humanities is the study of human culture. Big Brother could get thrown in here, but what we’re really talking about is sociology, psychology, philosophy, history and literature. The interesting stuff.
But why are these things so interesting? The short answer, is because people are interesting.
It's an in depth look at what people have done, why they did it, what they're currently doing and what they'll probably do soon. It’s all the things we’ve learned about ourselves, and how that’s manifested into this gorgeous tornado of culture and customs that we can look at on the Internet, read about in books and observe in the hallways of our schools.
It’s all these awesome things. It just isn’t very practical. At least not practical in the way we tend to define practicality.
While there certainly are companies looking for students who studied in the humanities, amazing groups trying to empower them and lifelong reasons to study them that we could argue to all blogs ends—not everyone is passionate enough to take that laborious, more artistic road. Still many of us thinkers are really interested in those facets of learning.
This is why we recommend the highly underrated minor.
If you’re going to be an Economics major, why not be a Psychology minor? If you’re going to be an Environmental Science major, why not be a Sociology minor? You may answer that "why" with a pithy “because Sociology has nothing to do with Environmental Science.” Our pithy retort is that “you are mistaken.”
Here’s what these minors say about you in the professional world:
- You’re interesting
- You’re diverse
- You’re socially perceptive
- You know how to work with people
- You're a thinker
These are often referred to as soft skills, and they imply that you have a creative and innovative mindset, as well as the ability to relate and connect with clients, customers and coworkers on different levels.
But most importantly tacking on a minor gives you the chance to really dig into something you’re passionately interested in. College is your one chance to focus on nothing but learning from expert educators. Sure it’s a gateway to the working world, but it’s also a gateway to your adult life. A more alarming way to think about it is, if you don’t study the spiritual and cultural depths of these fascinating subjects in college, when will you ever study them?
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