Why study the Humanities?

The Humanities include subjects like English Literature, English Language, History, Archaeology, French, Spanish, German, Cultural Studies, Theology, Religious and Philosophical Studies.

I am so glad I chose to study in the Humanities as a young student.
Professor Rob Warner, Executive Dean of Humanities


Our students and staff share an enthusiasm for their subjects, and find these areas of study profoundly important and deeply satisfying.

Many subjects in the humanities are very popular with highly motivated students and you will meet many fellow students equally enthusiastic about their academic discipline.

There is no final answer in scholarly inquiry in the Humanities. The student and the academic share the task of understanding different perspectives, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, balancing them against other viewpoints, and constructing a well-argued case, based on a combination of evidence and a knowledge of the insights of others. 

In the Humanities you will develop skills of critical analysis, gathering evidence and evaluating arguments. You will examine texts and other sources carefully, learning skills that can make your interpretation precise and convincing.  We will help you sharpen these skills, that will prove invaluable lifelong, both in your private life and in your career. We will empower you to think for yourself, to learn to work in teams with others, and to present your case in writing, in discussions and in presentations.


Message from Professor Rob Warner, Executive Dean of Humanities

"I am so glad I chose to study in the Humanities as a young student (first English Literature, and then Theology, in my case). My studies were not just chalked off as a qualification, but they have enriched my life and journeyed with me. Studying the Humanities made my careers possible, in commercial publishing, the voluntary sector and university teaching and research, management and leadership. But even more important than that, my studies opened out opportunities to visit historic cities, admire art in the great galleries of the world, develop a love of theatre and opera, and continue to be inspired and provoked by the world’s greatest thinkers, novelists and poets".