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. “Humanities” comes from the Latin word humanus meaning human, cultured and refined. Humanities, as the study of the different cultural aspects, analyze man/woman’s frailties in life and how this can be improved. Culture basically includes speech, knowledge, beliefs, arts, technologies, ideals, and rules. To be “cultured” means to be refined and well versed in the arts, philosophy, and the languages. It is also to be learned about great men/women and leaders in the past. Since culture is the crucial difference between man/woman and animal, it should regulate the type of behavior considered appropriate to an individual. Its teaching, therefore, is essential for one to obtain the proper knowledge in his or her efforts to achieve the status of being a cultured human being.
Humanities as the study of humanity itself will specifically use the seven arts to investigate and analyze the fundamental human activities. The seven arts which include painting, sculpture, architecture, music, dance, literature, theatre, and cinema are the branches of learning responsible for human sentiments, aspirations and opinions.
Research into the human experience adds to our knowledge about our world. Through the work of humanities scholars, we learn about the values of different cultures, about what goes into making a work of art, about how history is made. Their efforts preserve the great accomplishments of the past, help us understand the world we live in, and give us tools to imagine the future.