The humanities are at the heart of any liberal arts curriculum. In Western civilization, the subjects classified as humanities date back to ancient Greece. They comprise the disciplines that examine the human condition from a variety of perspectives, and they remain as important and popular a part of liberal arts programs today as they were when they formed the basis for a broad education for the Greek citizenry. Because these subjects inform and apply to nearly all disciplines, they also are popular choices for Emory students pursuing double majors.
Double Major: Philosophy and English
Extracurricular Activities: Barkley Forum Debate Team, Emory Writing Center, SIRE Undergraduate Research
“I enjoy the endless questions that are possible in philosophy. Each simple topic can become exciting because of its underlying complexity. The same idea applies to the study of poetry. Since my two concentrations are Philosophy and English Literature, there tends to be a great deal of overlap when it comes to foundational and background knowledge.
“I feel very lucky to have experienced the humanities at Emory. Many of my professors have been the authority on their subjects and their knowledge is so overwhelming that it's exciting just to listen to them.”