UG Admission 2017: Why Choose Humanities For Higher Studies

Humanities is a stream which allows a student to develop perspective and analyze the world around them through various lenses.

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UG Admission 2017: Why Choose Humanities For Higher Studies

UG Admission 2017: Why Choose Humanities For Higher Studies

New Delhi:  The CBSE class 12th All India Topper Raksha Gopal is an Arts student who scored a whopping 99.6% marks in her board exams this year. Midst excitement and exclamations of disbelief she told the media that she plans to pursue graduation in Political Science. Her impressive performance has brought attention back to a stream which had been buried under the rubles of neglect because of the focus on Science streams in the country. India, as a country, is fascinated with the engineering and medical streams. Though the situation has changed a bit in the past few years, we are still a long way from giving Arts and Humanities streams the due they deserve.

In recent years, there have been raging debates about the relevance of Humanities in an age when Science and Technology seems to have taken over every single aspect of our lives. The debates have also made way to our very own drawing rooms where the decision for freshly class 12th qualified students would be made. 
 

Why Choose Humanities?



Let us first handle the reasons why humanities are not seen as popular options among students who are freshly out of High School. 

One of the major factors which affects the student's decision is peer pressure. When most of their school friends opt for Science, students end up choosing science themselves. A lot of students claim to have chosen a B.Sc. degree so as to make up for their not clearing an engineering entrance examination. 

There's also a stigma attached to humanities degree that students who fail to score good marks in class 10th or 12th end up in a humanities class. This is again a myth, considering the high cut off marks which are required for admission to under graduate arts and humanities degrees in all major universities in India.

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Another argument which often comes up is that students who complete a degree in Humanities have limited career option which is again a myth. Because of the limited awareness available about career options for humanities students, this idea is still prevalent. Contrary to popular perception, Humanities students have more career options available than those who complete a degree in engineering, pharmacy or other such streams. 

Humanities is a stream which allows a student to develop perspective and analyze the world around them through various lenses. Some of the career options which are available to Humanities students are:
  • Public Relation
  • Journalism
  • Creative Fields like Advertising
  • Human Resources
  • Teaching
  • Civil Services
  • Banking 
  • Creative Writing/Technical Writing
  • Translator/Linguist

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