The Humanities are good for you

Posted: August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

History at Galway


We’ve known it was true all along. But since we’re historians, it’s always good to dig up some evidence to prove it. Last week’s edition of the Times Higher Education magazine distills the findings of a recently published report by the University of Oxford into the careers pursued by its humanities graduates (Humanities Graduates and the British Economy: The Hidden Impact). The results are simple, but striking:

Oxford has tracked the fortunes of around 11,000 alumni who joined the university between 1960 and 1989 and concludes that they have played a growing role in emerging UK industrial sectors, particularly finance and law …

Shearer West, head of humanities at Oxford, said that there was a worrying belief among the public that students should take only vocational subjects at university and that humanities degrees would not lead to high salaries.

“I get very concerned when I see pupils in schools…

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