Humanities Degrees Are Still Necessary
Gerald Greenberg, associate professor of Russian and Linguistics and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Arts and Sciences, talks to the Washington Post on the importance of a humanities degree.
“The value of a college education has long been debated. Some question an education that doesn’t explicitly provide training in a job skill — a criticism aimed at the humanities — while others push back, noting that employers increasingly are seeking the problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities that these majors bring to their jobs,” he said. “Yet there are more important reasons for studying subjects within the humanities — such as philosophy, history, literature, religion, art, music, and language — and we ignore them at our own peril.”