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Humanities

What are the Humanities?

What are The Humanities?

"The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience. Since humans have been able, we have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language to understand and record our world. These modes of expression have become some of the subjects that traditionally fall under the humanities umbrella. Knowledge of these records of human experience gives us the opportunity to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries." 

More Information: How is humanities research conducted? 

Source: Stanford Humanities Center

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Dewey Decimal System Numbers for Humanities

000 – 099   Generalities

070 – 079   Journalism, publishing, media

090 – 099   Manuscripts and rare books

100 – 199   Philosophy and Psychology

150 – 159   Psychology

170 – 179   Ethics

180 – 189   Ancient, medieval, Asian philosophy 

190 – 199  Modern Western philosophy

200 – 299   Religion

200 – 289 Christianity

290 – 299 Comparative religion/other religions

300-399   Social Sciences

320 – 329   Political science

330 – 339   Economics

340 – 349   Law

350 – 359   Public administration and military science

360 – 360   Social programs and services

370 – 379   Education

390 – 399   Customs, etiquette, folklore

400 – 499   Languages (English and foreign languages)

600 – 699   Technology and Applied Sciences

610 – 619   Medicine, Nursing, Dental, Radiation   Technology                                 

630 – 639   Agriculture/farm animals/pets/ Veterinary

640 – 649   Home economics/ Culinary

650 – 659   Management

700 – 799    Arts, Sports, Recreation

700 – 709  Art history

720 – 729   Architecture

730 – 739   Sculpture

740 – 749   Drawing and decorative art

750 – 759   Painting

760 – 769   Graphic arts

770 – 779   Photography

780 – 789   Music

790 – 799   Recreation, performing arts, sports

800 – 899   Literature

810 – 819   American

820 – 829   English and Old English      

830 – 899   Literature in other languages (German, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Greek, etc.)

900 – 999   Geography, History, Biography

910 – 919   Geography and travel

920 – 929   Biography

930 – 939   Ancient world history

940 – 949   European history

950 – 959   Asian history

960 – 969   African history

970 – 979   North American history

980 – 989    South American history

990 – 999    Australian and South Pacific history