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Why Humanities?

The humanities are those branches of knowledge that concern themselves with human beings and their culture with a special focus on their meaning and significance. The humanities as a whole are often distinguished from the physical, biological and social sciences, which use the scientific method as their primary mode of inquiry. Though there is some debate over just which individual disciplines should be included under the category of "humanities," most academics agree that the humanities’ subdisciplines include literature and language, philosophy, history and the arts.

The Bethel humanities major will provide you with a broad–based education in select liberal arts disciplines. Our multidisciplinary approach to the humanities will allow you to explore timeless questions about what it means to be human in a generalist (as opposed to specialist) fashion. An education in general humanities is an invitation to the great conversation, the exchange of ideas related to the meaning of life that has been going on for thousands of years. You will sit at the table with some of the world’s greatest teachers — the great texts, authors, artists and historical figures themselves — and discuss the timeless human questions. For the Christian student, the ability to enter this conversation more fluidly is invaluable, for the human condition is everyone’s concern and everyone’s business. For evangelicals, a deeper awareness of the best that has been thought and written should both enrich one’s faith and provide avenues for interaction with the world. The humanist Christian will be better prepared to read the times, engage the world and cooperate with God’s work in building His kingdom.