The value of Core Humanities

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:

  • Teacher
  • Park ranger
  • Communications officer
  • Government consultant
  • Game designer
  • Human resources manager
  • Police officer
  • Translator
  • Photographer
  • Stock broker

The importance of humanities now and in the future

Read what others are saying about the liberal arts and humanities.

"The employee who can make a compelling sales presentation, who can communicate succinctly via email, sound persuasive on the phone, write a complex business plan … is the one who will succeed in the 21st century workplace." — Lisa Nielsen, Chron

"This focus on the wider world, and the sense of duty to that world that is instilled in students, may be one reason why liberal education is so tied to equity and social justice." — Alexandra Vollman, INSIGHT Into Diversity

"Art, literature, history, and other branches of the humanities are vital for developing our emotional intelligence - essential to understanding ourselves and others." — Peter Salovey, President, Yale University

"What helps you thrive in a changing world…may just well be social science, and, yes, even the humanities and the arts that contribute to making you not just workforce ready but world ready." — Valeraie Strauss, The Washington Post