Arts & Humanities

The Importance of Arts & Humanities

The word “Humanities” stands for the disciplines that study and explore “the human experience”. That is, they put their focus on the big, universal questions that we face, and have always faced, as human beings. Some of these questions are: Who we are; what is important to us; what makes a good, happy life; what are the best ways to organize our societies; what are the differences and similitudes among people; what are our responsibilities towards others.

The Humanities have been an essential part of a well-rounded education ever since the foundation of the very first universities. These days, in the context of the ethical and existential dilemmas that we face as a result of digitalization, of globalization, and the Covid pandemic, the Humanities have become more important than ever.

Looking at different philosophical worldviews, historical periods, and means of human expression help us understand and navigate the challenges, opportunities and uncertainties of the present; they also help us figure out the future by placing ourselves beyond the immediate in order to pose bigger questions about the direction we are heading.

The Humanities also help us develop an essential set of skills that are important in our future endeavors as individuals, citizens and professionals:

They bolster a culture of intellectual curiosity that is essential to become lifelong learners.

They strengthen analytical skills that allow you to make sense of the complexity of the world around us.

They deepen critical thinking, which allows us to forge strong positions about the most relevant issues that we face.

They reinforce communication skills, both orally and in writing, allowing us to better defend our arguments and ideas.

They encourage creativity that lets us develop innovative thinking models.

They enable us to learn about the past, and make us understand the future.

They inform us about the cultural, political and societal contexts that inform the personal and professional situations in which we participate.

And in many cases, enjoying or creating a beautiful work of art, playing or listening to magnificent music, reading or writing a sharp thought or a clever literary work, also makes us a little happier.

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Humanities & Diversity

Humanities give you an opportunity to practice creativity, careful thought, and an open mind.

The humanities allow you to enter into realms of life, thought, and experiences that are often different from your own so that you may reflect on your own perceptions of the world in a broader context, In this way, you will have gained insights that promote independent, ethical, global citizens who are capable of full and thoughtful engagement with our own identities and with the world’s cultures and societies.

Humanities & Innovation

If we had any fear concerning the takeover of technology, the current pandemic has shown that technology is indeed at the service of humanity.

Humanities allows you to redirect your attention from machines to people, permitting you to imagine how we, as humans, can make collective choices to reduce the negative impact of technology.

Humanities can create the systems and structures for how you address ethical problems emerging from the technological world. Furthermore, combining technology and humanities helps you to better understand the world we live in and gives you new paths for creation and innovation.

HUMANITIES & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

In order to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be able to regulate and calculate outcomes, and also to imagine multiple perspectives and possibilities.

You need to be able to ask, “what if”? The humanities fosters the“applied curiosity” needed for the constant reinvention and resilience needed as an entrepreneur.

The humanities teach us to question everything, to want to know how things work, and to wonder how they can be made to work better. Furthermore, the humanities make us curious about people and their backstories and give us the competitive edge to be both ever-evolving and conscious leaders.

HUMANITIES & BUSINESS

The cultural knowledge businesses need to thrive comes from the humanities.

Understanding the reasons behind decisions and business processes are vital for any company.

Critical thinking, a prime product of the study of the humanities, promotes seeking out new experiences and perspectives. Critical thinking exposes you to ideas that question or oppose your point of view and promote the best decision possible.

As a creative problem-solver, you understand what data is needed, how to manage it and how to extract and assess the critical information.

After all, people are and will always be the most important asset in any business.

ABOUT THE VIDEO

Fear. Uncertainty. Darkness. That’s how the protagonist’s journey begins in our video.

How does she face such an overwhelming future in our ever-changing liquid world? Through movement. And with this movement, she gathers resources that consolidate her confidence, drop by drop.

It starts with the humanities—the foundation of everything. The premise for exploring, understanding, questioning and daring.

By discovering new cultures, we reach the next pillar of IE University: Diversity.

It’s about getting to know the “other”, which is both a shadow and a mirror of ourselves. It’s different and equal at the same time. It accompanies and guides us along our path.

Through learning other points of view, we acquire new perspectives and ideas. We enhance our creativity.

And creativity leads to innovation. Technology is a part of, and a companion to innovation. They’re heads and tails of the same coin.

Now, with fresh confidence, and with skills that allow us to move forward and grow, we can take risks. We can start to dare. We can take on new challenges. We can be entrepreneurs.

This is the journey we embark on at IE. It’s a place where the sky is the limit.

Embrace the humanities.

Lead the change.