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What are the
Humanities?

At the Institute for the Humanities, we define the Humanities broadly.  While the Humanities have traditionally encompassed subjects that define us as humans and our human conditions such as music, literature, philosophy, art, poetry, anthropology and history; we see the humanities including the social sciences and hard sciences, as well as the fields of medicine, wellness, and education, as all of these disciplines are considered from our very "human" lens.  Pursuit of any of these fields require other principals of the humanities, such as engagement, community, and communication.  Despite the best efforts of strict categorization, one cannot isolate the humanities from any area where human beings pursue knowledge and the betterment of humankind.

Hugh Manatee