Outline of the humanities

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the humanities:

Humanities – the humanities are academic disciplines that study the human condition, using methods that are primarily analytical, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences.

Politics and the humanities[edit]

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council – British Research Council and non-departmental public body that provides approximately £102 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities.
  • Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities – major international statement on open access / access to knowledge. By 24 October 2011, 324 organizations had signed the declaration.
  • Humanities Colleges – part of the Specialist Schools Programme in the United Kingdom, and a source of extra funding.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities – independent federal agency of the United States established by the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
  • President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities – established in Washington, DC in 1982 by an Executive Order from President Ronald Reagan and works with each Administration to incorporate the arts and the humanities into White House objectives.
  • Public humanities – work of federal, state, nonprofit and community-based cultural organizations that engage the public in conversations, facilitate and present lectures, exhibitions, performances and other programs for the general public on topics such as history, philosophy, popular culture and the arts.

History of the humanities[edit]

History of humanities fields[edit]

History of the humanities that are also social sciences[edit]

Humanities education[edit]

Some humanities departments[edit]

Humanities awards[edit]

  • National Humanities Medal – given by the National Endowment for the Humanities to honor individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.

Publications in the humanities[edit]

General humanities organizations[edit]

People influential in the humanities[edit]

See also[edit]


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