The value of core humanities in education
Humanities in continued education and beyond
The Core Humanities sequence of courses is central to the core curriculum, emphasizing knowledge and skills that students carry with them through the rest of their studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. In keeping with this function, Core Humanities courses are rigorous and challenging. Collectively, they cover thousands of years of human history and introduce students to ideas, practices and belief systems that may be very different from their own understanding of the world. The courses require students to engage with difficult primary source texts and include substantial writing requirements (typically 15 pages or more). There is also a discussion component that provides opportunities for practicing oral expression skills.
The focus on critical thinking and effective communication builds the foundation that students need to succeed in more advanced classes and in their careers beyond the University of Nevada, Reno. Nevada employers consistently rank the skills taught in Core Humanities (written and oral expression, critical thinking, problem solving and working cooperatively with others) as important for University of Nevada, Reno graduates to acquire. The program thus helps to prepare students for life in the 21st century, instilling traits that are essential to surviving in the modern world.
Humanities in the workforce
Often times, students don't realize the range of career opportunities available to them with a humanities degree. Take a look at this sample of career ideas and perhaps you'll discover one you never thought of:
- Park ranger
- Communications officer
- Government consultant
- Game designer
- Human resources manager
- Police officer
- Stock broker
The importance of humanities now and in the future
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