7 Reasons Why a Humanities Degree Still Matters

In today's world, a humanities degree has gotten a bad rap, especially in comparison with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) degrees. But there are still plenty of reasons to go after the humanities.


1. Reading and Writing The humanities are filled with reading complex texts and writing analytical essays, setting you up to be able to express yourself eloquently and articulately for words—a highly valued skill that few possess.


2. Well-Roundedness Matters Employers are placing more and more importance on intelligences in many areas other than just work-related. Study the humanities, and you'll be likelier to graduate skilled in more areas than one.


3. Graduate and Professional Education Forbes cites the Association of American Medical Colleges as humanities majors being the likeliest to gain acceptance to medical school (51%). Biological science majors were accepted 43% of the time, physical science majors 47%, and social science majors at 45%.


4. Critical Thinking and Questioning Science is the dominant trend right now, but humanities complete it. When a scientist or engineer tackles a problem, they're always asking "why?"—the one question at the heart of all humanities. Humanities teach you how to think, question, pursue knowledge and think outside the box—all qualities that make up successful scientists.

5. Global Opportunities Math may be a universal language, but it is only one. Learn about different languages, cultures and philosophies, and you'll be able to literally and figuratively speak to others in their own language, putting them at ease and opening doors.


6. Company of Successful People You may think that world leaders and CEOs studied nothing but economics or politics, but a good portion of them graduated with "soft" majors. Some of them include Mitt Romney (English, Brigham Young University), Ted Turner (classics, Brown University), Brian Moynihan (history, Brown University), Conan O'Brien (English and history, Harvard University), Barbara Walters (English, Sarah Lawrence), and Thomas Jefferson (math, metaphysics and philosophy, The College of William and Mary).

7. Communication and Teamwork Whether you prefer to work as a team or by yourself, studying the humanities at least gives you the option of excelling in both areas. It teaches you how to make connections and read between the lines, putting you ahead of the curve and opening doors instead of closing them.