demonstrate how useful studying the Arts and Humanities and
the benefits it brings when experiencing other cultures.
It is important to address not only why a subject is useful
for an individual but also society as a whole. The Arts and Humanities help
foster social justice and the ideals of equality in the students studying the
subject. Greater understanding of social justice is useful for society as it
develops responsible citizens.
Currently the world is experiencing a growth in
nationalism, seen through the rise of Donald Trump in the USA and Brexit. Responsible
citizens who contribute to society are more important than ever, students who study
the Arts and Humanities are less susceptible to nationalism and extremist
ability to assess historical evidence, to use and think critically about
economic principles, to assess accounts of social justice, to speak a foreign
language, to appreciate the complexities of the major world religions.’ An
understanding of global issues and compassion for others is woven into the
fabric of the Arts and Humanities which is extremely useful for the betterment
It would be dishonest however not to acknowledge the limitations
of studying the Arts and Humanities. Modern trends suggest that students that
STEM subject’s employment rates are growing at a far greater rate than those
who study the Arts and Humanities. This is largely due to a higher demand for
jobs in technology.
This doesn’t mean however that studying the Arts and
Humanities is futile, as the employment rates of Arts and Humanities majors are
still growing, largely due to the people skills that graduates attain from
studying the Arts and Humanities. An increase of importance of STEM subjects
does not devalue the importance of studying the Arts and Humanities.
There are concerns that the growth of Artificial Intelligence
will make many jobs will be automated in the future, 2’nearly
half of all the work we do will be able to be automated by the year 2055.’ Inevitably
this will lead to higher unemployment rates and there is an argument that they
Arts and Humanities doesn’t teach you to compete in this market in the way STEM
subjects do and graduates with in a STEM subject will succeed in the job
While it is likely that Artificial Intelligence will take
healthy amount of jobs, the majority of jobs taken will jobs that involve gathering
data. Accountants, Market researches and jobs of that ilk are the most likely
jobs are also at risk, 3’In the U.K., the Bank of
England estimates that about 15
million mostly service jobs—half the country’s total—could succumb to
automation and widen the gap between rich and poor.’ The skill learned from studying the
Arts and Humanities will allow graduates to adapt and evolve when working with Artificial
Intelligence. The broad education provided by an Arts and Humanities degree
will also allow individuals to change careers should their job be taken by
In conclusion, the studying
of the Arts and Humanities is and will continue to be extremely useful. The
Arts and Humanities help students obtain the vital skills of critical thinking
and independent learning, helping them develop as an independent thinker.
Learning about a culture is also extremely useful especially in the modern
world which is an experience supplied commonly by studying the Arts and Humanities.
Lastly, fostering the ideas of social justice and equality is not just useful
for society peacefully thrive but vital, as a world with more care
understanding in it is a better world.
1 Martha C. Nussbaum, Not For
Profit: Why Democracy Needs The Humanities, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016, Chapter V, 93
2 Patrick Caughill, Nearly half of current jobs could be
automated by 2055, according to a new report, World Economic Forum. Date Accessed January 7th 2018
3 Mark Whitehouse, Is Your Job About To
Disappear?: QuickTake, Bloomberg
Accessed January 7th 2018