When choosing a degree program, humanities is usually the last program on the list (maybe not even on the list) for all but a few. And that very important question: “Is there even a scope for that?” only intimidates more. After all, subjects such as literature, philosophy, history and religion are not seen as having the same weight as, say, pure science subjects. But just like centuries ago, humanities remain important to understanding human experience – maybe now more than ever!
Unlike other degrees, the comparative humanities degree doesn’t just focus on instilling specialized knowledge within students.
The study of humanities is a broad spectrum relating to human experience. What this achieves is a unique mindset able to look at real-world problems from a larger perspective. Students of comparative humanities also acquire a diverse skill set including critical thinking, creative problem-solving, effective collaboration, social awareness and research techniques that allow them to fit into a myriad of professional positions.
Every year thousands of students in Pakistan graduate with popular degrees with individuals of similar qualifications. On top of that, systemic problems such as social inequality, economic crisis, and even lived experiences continue to deteriorate. To tackle such issues, there is a need for change at a baser level – change in the ways we think. Habib University aims to do exactly that through the comparative humanities program that prepares students to think differently, be flexible and look at life in the long run rather than just getting a job.
An interdisciplinary approach gears students up for facing the rapidly changing world. Technical skills are worth all the hype, but the core skills gained by humanity students make them extremely adaptable for pursuing any field. It is also necessary to think beyond just a career. A degree program like comparative humanities shapes you to be a well-rounded individual who thinks deeply about the important questions of life such as ethics, morality, culture and context. So essentially, a degree in comparative humanities shapes you for life.
For students wanting to add more to their expertise, Habib University provides ample opportunity to gain experience including the choice of a minor, workshops, career/grad school programs and much more.
Interested in exploring the stories of other humanity majors? See what Fareha has to say about her journey of studying comparative humanities!