In this blog, we’ve talked about the different science options available to Precollege students– but what about the humanities?


What are “the humanities”?
The humanities are the general category given to subjects that study human culture, especially literature, history, art, music, and philosophy. (Spoiler alert: It has nothing to do with actual manatees).

Why study the humanities?
Regardless of what your major will be in college, taking a humanities course for Precollege can be good preparation for core classes and the higher-level thinking you’ll need to succeed academically. Also, humanities classes can be a lot of fun!  Try exploring a field you might not have studied before, like comparative literature or philosophy.

So, what kind of humanities study does Precollege offer?
We’re glad you asked! Check out some of the highlights for the subjects below:

  • Philosophy: “Philosophy strives to answer the most fundamental questions about the world and our place in it…philosophy as a discipline seeks to identify and answer them through rigorous and informed inquiry and reasoning.” Read more about Philosophy
  • Art History: “The Department was established to provide a rigorous and wide-ranging education in the many facets of the history and theory of art, a mission that its faculty continues to enthusiastically embrace. Students become familiar with global art from antiquity to the present.” Read more about Art History
  • Comparative Literature: “Comparative literature is an innovative major that encourages students to follow their passion for literature by venturing beyond national and disciplinary boundaries. In the spirit of our times, students delve into literature from all over the world and explore its intersections with other media and disciplines, such as cinema studies, art history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, history, and linguistics.” Read more about Comparative Literature
  • History: “The history department is bound together in the pursuit of educational excellence and ground-breaking research. Students are able to pursue their interests in historical scholarship in a unique and enriching environment, utilizing the many resources available within the classroom, the NYU campus, and the greater New York City metropolitan area.” Read more about History.

Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to get creative and explore the unfamiliar– it’s what the humanities are all about!