3 Top Reasons Why the Society Needs Humanities Students

4/9/2014


Rapid development in terms of science and technology and the changes it has brought to the lives of mankind have affected what is taught in the curriculum from the lowest to the highest levels of learning. In the past, pre-school education focused on stories and arts; children’s imagination and creativity were enhanced at such an early age. Today, science subjects are emphasized and elementary pupils experience how to manipulate computers to come up with answers to questions or make objects and designs just by a few clicks on the mouse. It appears that from a very early age, today’s generation relies on automation in almost all aspects of their lives. They are geared towards a career path that would center on technology so that they will acquire the skills needed to compete with other job seekers in the global workforce market.


Colleges and universities today offer engineering, computer, and technical courses in order to produce a workforce who can keep the modern businesses running. Communications and information technology majors can keep the world populace supplied with electronic gadgets, which they consider indispensable. Governments and parents are urging young people to take courses that are considered in demand to ensure they can become the future big money makers. Children who dream of taking up literature, music, history, journalism, and philosophy are discouraged. Everyone thinks that these graduates will have few places in the ever expanding demand for workers.


However, these people seem not to realize that in this business-dominated century, there is a greater need for humanities graduates than during the previous decades for the following reasons:


·         Talented creators of modern products and services need to be aware of the needs of the present society in the context of their own culture and orientation. Mass producing items could end up in bankruptcy if they cannot be sold right away. Big companies involved in manufacturing products and creating services rely on information and data fed to them by people who have deep understanding of human nature and who can foresee their needs and how long they would likely find these things important to their daily activities. These people are trained to decipher people and they are usually graduates of courses related to humanities.


·         Successful business deals and negotiations are handled by people with background in humanities especially when multinational corporations are involved. The team of negotiators would usually include one who can speak the language of their counterparts and who understand how business deals must be conducted. Occidental and oriental cultures differ in their ways, and success in striking a deal depends highly on the knowledge and understanding of each party of the cultural nuances and differences.


·         Technical people make products; humanities people sell them. One best example are the internet businesses and online stores. A website may boasts millions of products to sell but it still need article writers, bloggers, advertisers, and social media experts to make it visible in the cyber world where millions of brand names and companies vie for customer attention.  Graphics and programming experts can create the best web designs but without good content, the website cannot attract visitors who are all potential customers.


Indeed, the modern world badly needs graduates of humanities who can understand how people (or we can say consumers) behave, what they desire most, and what they seek to satisfy their wants and needs.


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