Majoring in Opportunity: Feature on Humanities

Spotlight on Humanities

Many high school graduates assume that they need a specific major—education, medicine, law, technology—but they don’t feel called to anything specific. Some graduates want to do a little of many different majors. If you find yourself in one of these situations or if you are in the market for a degree, consider the humanities major, a broader field of study.

The humanities major is like a utility belt, equipping you with tools for many career options. With no minor required, you have open credits for studies in your interests in addition to your core liberal arts classes.

“We want our students to be characterized by a love for the truth and a desire to communicate it,” says Marie Thompson, PCC chair of the Department of Humanities. “The humanities major receives the training of the traditional liberal arts education more than any other major.”

PCC humanities graduates have built careers in many fields, including teaching, law, writing, criminal justice, and pastoring, to name a few.

Dr. Fred Daniel (’80 Humanities), senior pastor of Brookhaven Baptist Church and president of Brookhaven Baptist College in Greensboro, NC, believes the humanities major prepared him for his multiple career roles: “The extra Bible classes and courses in economics, political science, grammar, writing, and speech prepared me to wear many hats as a pastor and administrator. I have given legal advice for people in trouble, helped untrained church members prepare résumés, and spoken at community events. Humanities prepared me to think outside my box as a pastor and to be a community voice and leader.”

The humanities major also provides a solid foundation for graduate study. Since graduating from PCC, Dr. Daniel has earned a master of arts in Christian counseling and a doctor of philosophy in New Testament.

Timothy Fouts (’78 Humanities) has served the Florida Department of Corrections as a correctional probation senior officer for twenty years, refereed soccer matches at PCC’s Turkey Bowl for the past forty years, and refereed an ESPN-broadcasted international soccer match between the United States women’s Olympic team and Australia for the U.S. Soccer Federation. He credits his humanities degree for both his career success and many unique opportunities. “The flexibility of the humanities degree allowed me to focus on physical education, specifically soccer.”

Whether you already know what you want to study or still aren’t sure, consider the humanities major to prepare for the many opportunities God has for you.

Published 2/5/2015