Why study Humanities? Since the course explores major art forms, you may ask "why are the arts important for me to know? Will they lead me to a high-paying job?"
Maybe, or maybe not. But knowledge of the Humanities will help you to think more clearly within any job. The arts ask probing questions about why you make the kinds of judgments you make, why you think the way you do. The arts can also uplift you at the times you need uplifting, when nothing else can.
The following course titles come from various colleges and universities in the United States. Which ones relate to Humanities?
"Controversial Issues in Contemporary American Culture"
"Mythology in Literature and the Arts"
"Folk Beliefs in Pre-Modern China"
"Technology and Society"
"Semantic Systems and the Lexicon"
"Ethics, Power and Global Health"
"Folk Music Revival"
"Voice and Speech"
“Very informative and interesting.”
“We knew exactly what we had to do from the beginning of the class.”
“It makes you a more open-minded person.”
“You experience a side of you that you might not have seen before.”
“Everyone needs this kind of knowledge.”
“It’s the only course here that immerses you into the arts.”
“It opens your eyes to a lot of different cultures and new ideas.”
“This course goes into a lot of detail.”
“Each topic was described very well.”
“I really enjoyed coming to class every day.”
“The topics cover a broad range; there really is something for everyone.”
“I liked the grading system.”
“The course was challenging enough to be useful and worth my time.”
“Before this class I didn’t give a rip about art, opera or belief systems; but throughout the course I began to understand what these things mean to being human.”
“Great class, I’ve learned so much!”
“I feel I have grown as a person as a result of this course.”
“Humanities is a class that dives straight into what it really means to be in college. College is about personal growth foremost, and so is Humanities. I find that people who understand this and want to grow will do well. All the resources are there. The professor is available. The only way to do poorly is to approach the class with a closed mind.”
Mr. Hoogenstyn's teaching background includes Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Muskegon Public Schools, and Muskegon Community College, where he attended as an undergraduate. He also enjoys giving public lectures on various topics involving the arts, and has written and hosted a television program on 20th century music. In his free time Mr. Hoogenstyn likes to create works of art and music. He is also a published author. His outdoor pastimes include bicycling, kayaking and hiking.