What are the humanities?  Humanistic disciplines study and reflect on what it means and has meant to be human, throughout history and across the globe.  In the humanistic disciplines we create and study the various artifacts that express human values and ideas.  The domain of the humanities ranges from literature, the visual arts, and music, to philosophy and religion, to history and theater.  As the very meaning of what it means to be human evolves rapidly in the early 21st century, studying the humanities becomes all the more important.

At Ithaca College all students join this project of exploring the breadth of the human experience through at least one of their ICC core courses.  Many others do so by by majoring or minoring in a humanities discipline, developing a humanities-based Comprehensive Liberal Arts suite of courses, or simply by taking elective courses in departments and programs such as Art History, Classical Studies, Communication Studies, English, History, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy and Religion, Theater, and Writing.

To read more about the humanities at Ithaca College and in our culture generally, and to learn how humanities students are transformed by their experiences in our courses check out the blog and article links in the sidebars on either side!

"It’s impossible to put a dollar value on a nimble, adaptable intellect, which isn’t the fruit of any specific course of study and may be the best tool for an economy and a job market that change unpredictably. And it’s dangerous to forget that in a democracy, college isn’t just about making better engineers but about making better citizens, ones whose eyes have been opened to the sweep of history and the spectrum of civilizations."

Frank Bruni, "College's Priceless Value"

"In the restaurant industry, Shawna Ramona is the human face of the data revolution. She graduated from San Francisco State in 2002 with a degree in English literature. Now she is an iPad-toting “restaurant relations manager” for OpenTable, the online dinner-booking service. She calls on scores of restaurateurs a year, sharing insights that emerge from her company’s data team. There’s nothing technical in her background, but she knows how to connect with the old guard."

From, "That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree" Forbes (2015)