By Rose Malleson
Students who study humanities can often get a lot of stick for being lazy, doing an easy degree or facing a future of unemployment. But being a humanities student is amazing — and here are five reasons why.
1. I got 99 Problems but a 9am start ain’t one
So few contact hours means plenty of time to use as you please. While many may use the lack of lectures to catch up on sleep, it can also be used productively. You have the freedom to develop your passion for your subject, get more involved in a society or two, or attain sporting success.
2. Always win an argument
Humanities students have unbelievable skill when it comes to winning arguments. All of those discussion based classes and structured essays mean that you can bamboozle anyone who disagrees you, and win them round to your side. With such an excellent point, evidence and conclusion approach, how could they resist?
3. Book smarts
You will be incredibly well-read, and that will impress people. Whether studying History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, or any other Humanities degree, you will just know a lot of stuff that people find interesting, which in turn makes you interesting.
4. You are in excellent company
JK Rowling studied French and Classics. Steven Spielberg studied English. Aung San Suu Kyi studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. If you are concerned about your lack of future career options, there are plenty of enormously successful people out there with Humanities degrees, to give you some inspiration.
5. So much choice
You are given so much choice, and can study the exact thing you love. Many Humanities students will find that, beyond one or two compulsory core modules, they can pick and choose their favourite parts of the course, making being a Humanities student the best!