Humanities & Liberal Arts
Let’s start with the understanding that many of these areas of study overlap, and there are numerous ways in which we might group them. We simply want to give you the clearest possible broad understanding of what different areas of study tend to emphasize. Also, no particular kind of major gives you a better chance at a job; all of them help you develop useful perspective and skills, so focus on what you find most interesting!
What are the Humanities majors at John Jay, and why should I consider majoring in one of them?
Studying History, Philosophy, English, or Humanities and Justice (which combines History, Philosophy, and Literature) is not just about the ideas and events of the past, it is about how the great thinkers, writers and events of the past shape the world we live in today. If you care about social justice issues, humanities courses can help explain the deeper contexts of the issues that vex our world now. These courses probe what it is to be human: the search for meaning, the need for self-expression, the challenge of making ethical choices, the importance of asking intelligent questions, and how human action can impact the future. Humanities majors develop insight into the human condition and practical skills at the same time. The courses challenge you to read more, analyze texts and ideas, write clearly, and stretch your imagination. Humanities majors often get higher scores on LSATS (the exam necessary for law school) and GREs (the general exam required by many graduate schools) and get into competitive graduate programs and law schools.