Why Study Humanities? What I Tell Engineering Freshmen
Whatâ€™s the point of the humanities? Of studying philosophy, history, literature and â€œsoftâ€ sciences like psychology and poly sci? The Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, consisting of academic, corporate, political and entertainment big shots, tries to answer this question in a big new report to Congress. The report is intended to counter plunging enrollment in and support for the humanities, which are increasingly viewed as â€œluxuries that employment-minded students can ill afford,â€ as The New York Times put it.