Oh, the Humanities!

  • 26 February 2017, 09:22
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See what I did there?  Fun with puns.  I would apologize, but I really can’t help it.

Perhaps it’s my love of literature, my obsession with history, or my desire to understand people in foreign lands when I travel, but I adore the School of Humanities.

Also, I’m a total bibliophile.  Books can make me happy, sad, mad, stunned,and a plethora of other emotions when they are well written; those well written works have a tendency to come from authors who studied in the humanities field.  Coincidence?  I think not.  (Yeah, yeah, I borrowed that too).

Many question what someone with a Humanities degree will do when they “grow up”, and I’m here to tell you that the answers are numerous.  For me, I’d be happy working in a national armory, setting up museum displays, archiving documents, or just living in the bowels of a library or museum where I get to decipher and catalog “old” things.

I do have a fascination with the Crimean War; a war, which in my opinion, is truly overlooked in schools.  This is likely why I’m aiming for a Joint Honours in History and European Studies.  If I could spend the rest of my days reading letters and playing with weapons from that time period, I’d kick off at the end of my life fairly content.

However, given my previous experience in government work, I could also work doing data entry, archiving and cataloging documents, drafting and writing histories of companies and military units, etc.  If I manage to get a certificate in Russian (c’mon, UoD – make this a full on class instead of a night class!), I could even work as a translator, or a translator in a museum!  Ha!  See what I did there?

Seriously, though, if you have a love or an interest in things historical, the written word, language, philosophy, or anything else under Humanities, give it a go.  There are some pretty fantastic professors working at the university that offer multiple views, great lectures, and entertaining commentary.  Heck, even scientists have to understand the beginnings of their trade 😉

Click here to read more about the University of Dundee’s School of Humanities

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