6 Things that Every Humanities Major Understands

By Aubrey Murtha – For my fellow humanities majors out there, you’ll understand this list:


  1. 1. A “take home exam” is really no easier than a regular in-class final. For humanities majors, take home exams are usually lengthy papers that require an excessive amount of time. Sometimes, when I have 27 papers due at the end of the semester, I’d pay money to just take a multiple choice exam.
  2. 2. “Short reading assignments” are just not a thing. An English professor’s idea of a short assignment might be 75 pages of a novel. I don’t know about you, but in my science class freshman year, a short reading assignment was like 12 pages. Much more reasonable.
  3. It’s all about the real-world experience. Internships, internships, internships. If you want a job after graduation, you have to be proactive. Get out there and get involved. Sure, you might be able to write a gorgeously-crafted sentence, but what good will that do you if you can’t apply that skill to a real work situation?
  4. Plagarism is a grave sin.
  5. There’s no such thing as cutting corners. Once you establish yourself as a good writer with your professors, they will be able to detect when you blow off their assignments.
  6. Work often mixes with pleasure. For example, some of my English major friends were in a “magic in literature” class this past semester, and yep, you guessed it – They got to read Harry Potter. Because we are so passionate about our subjects, and to us, the meat and potatoes of a humanities education is really quite enjoyable, sometimes, work hardly feels like work at all.

Feel free to comment with other things only a humanities major would understand.

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