Student Voices

Advocates for the humanities aren’t just today’s leaders of universities, business, science, government, media, entertainment, and so on. They are also students and younger people—the leaders of tomorrow who, though still uncertain of their path, are sure they want to encounter on that path the passion, richness, and balance that the humanities offer for what the ancients called “the good life.”

4Humanities is proud to feature the voices of students speaking up for the humanities. (4Humanities is an affiliate of StuHum: Student Advocates for the Future of the Humanities.)

Students interviewing students in "Arts and Humanities -- What Are They?" video

Arts and Humanities — What Are They? (Students Asking Students)

In fall 2022, students in Professor Christine Henseler’s sophomore research seminar at Union College on “Arts and Humanities: Don’t Leave College Without Them” created for their final project a Shout Out for the Humanities campaign in the shape of essays, infographics, or other public-facing narratives. One creative group of students (branding themselves STC Productions) produced […]

StuHum: Student Advocates for the Future of the Humanities

StuHum, or Student Advocates for the Future of the Humanities, is a new humanities advocacy group for students, by students. StuHum believes that the answer to the question of whether the humanities will have a place in the standard higher education curriculum of the 21st century lies in the hands of current students. StuHum’s mission is to ensure […]

National Humanities Report Reinforces Stereotypes about the Humanities

By Lindsay Thomas Originally posted on Remaking the University: In June 2013, the American Academy of Arts & Science’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences released “The Heart of the Matter,” a report meant to “advance a dialogue on the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the future of our nation” and […]

Why All Professions Should Care About the Humanities

In a recent piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Kira Hamman, an instructor of mathematics at Penn State Mont Alto, emphasizes three reasons why scientists should care about attacks on the humanities. She argues first that scientists, because they aren’t under attack, can lend credibility to those disciplines under attack; second, that the sciences and […]

Advice Not to Go to Graduate School Obscures Real Issues

By now, the latest anti-(humanities)graduate school screed, “Thesis Hatement” by Rebecca Schuman, has made the rounds on Facebook and Twitter. The author warns us against going to grad school in the humanities, stating, “I now realize graduate school was a terrible idea because the full-time, tenure-track literature professorship is extinct. After four years of trying, I’ve […]

Announcing 4Humanities@CSUN Mini-Documentary Backpack Project

By Kristin Cornelius This project facilitates the making of short, mini-documentaries that promote humanities scholarship by giving a narrative voice to the research process. Each mini-doc will depict the process of doing humanities research through interviews with students and scholars as they work on their scholarly activities. These short, 5-7 minute films will either be: […]