As mentioned above, humanities scholars have many options for their major. One of the more popular areas of study for humanities majors is History. The subject covers all areas of the history curriculum, from ancient history to modern day history and even covers the era of the humanities, which was known as the Pre-colonial/ colonial era. This is one of the most important academic disciplines to those who wish to specialize in the natural sciences.
History is an excellent major to choose if you are serious about the natural sciences. History students will learn about all the major events that shaped human civilization and what the impact was on society at large. One reason why this is such a good major to choose is because humanities scholars are required to do fieldwork; however, this does not mean that they are required to do something unlike their peers in the academic discipline. They are required to participate in self-reflection and ask questions to themselves and others throughout the semester and beyond.
Another good choice for a major within the humanities is that of the social sciences, such as psychology, sociology, or humanities and liberal arts. In fact, some say these are two separate academic disciplines, but actually they are one in the same. Basically, these are areas of study which attempt to answer the psychological, sociological, and physiological underpinnings of human behavior. For example, in psychology, researchers try to discover what motivates people to form bands, perform risky behaviors, form political organizations, and so on. In sociology, researchers try to understand why some groups behave differently from others and what makes some act in a seemingly unorganized manner. Finally, in the humanities and liberal arts, historians attempt to illuminate the social factors which helped shape humanities societies and cultures.
The humanities and liberal arts are also generally interested in nature. That is to say, they are interested in analyzing the relationships between humans, animals, nature, and the environment. These relationships can be analyzed in a scientific manner in the natural sciences but, in the humanities and liberal arts, they are more descriptive and try to explain the effects of human actions on the world around us. As such, many a humanities scholarship may seek to describe such effects in terms of culture, politics, ethics, and sociology as well as explain why certain actions are taken as opposed to others.
One of the most popular academic disciplines analyzing the humanities and liberal arts is anthropology. The main article in this series will examine anthropology as a study of society, history, culture, and nature. We will begin by examining the history of Western society, analyze the relationships between anthropology and the other disciplines, and finally examine some of the current issues in anthropology today.
Western society is one of the major influences behind all the other academic disciplines. This is because it produced the major literary works, most of the great philosophical works, and most of the great scientific discoveries in the world today. It is for these reasons that scholars have turned their attention to understanding how Western society formed, developed, and evolved over time. For instance, one of the main concerns of humanities scholars in this field is the rise and fall of civilizations. In this way, we begin to understand how different civilizations fall apart, and how they can rise again. Another important strand of study is discourse analysis, which studies how people organize, criticize, and communicate about their social worlds.
The other main article in this series will examine the relationship between the humanities and science. People tend to think of science and technology as separate fields, but this is not so. Both are affected by culture, ideas, attitudes, and life experiences. In fact, many scientists consider humanities research an indispensable part of the study of the society.