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Why humanities?

Why humanities?

May 11, 2018

Dear WinkWorld Readers,

Recently, I read several articles about tech companies searching to hire humanities graduates. I will post a few of these at the bottom of this blog post. 

Then last week, the president of Dakota State University (DSU), our South Dakota cyber security/tech-centered university, posted a brilliant short essay on the humanities. 

Turns out that thinking deeply matters.

Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, the president of DSU (a.k.a., small school/big science), shared this post in her weekly President’s DSUpdate, May 4, 2018. The essay was written by Dr. Joseph Bottum, a philosophy professor at DSU.  I hope you enjoy the one-page post, as much as I did.

The Humanities from Dr. Joseph Bottum of Dakota State University.

I encourage you all to explore the DSU webpages: Small, but mighty. Previously, I had posted the article below here.

DSU: What does a cyber attack look like?

Other articles about tech companies valuing the study of humanities are posted below.


Washington Post and Google

Forbes and the “useless liberal arts” degree (with tongue firmly placed in cheek)

If you search with your browser window, you will find many more articles related to this topic. Happy reading.


  • Dr. Joseph Bottum’s article about the importance of studying the humanities is not only brilliant, trenchant and important, but should be read by all of our politicians, teachers and students alike who advocate for practical courses over ones that will enrich us and make us grow as human beings.

    • Joan Wink

      Thanks, Susan, I felt exactly like you when I read his essay. I am so happy that it worked for you, too. Incidentally, I have never met Dr. Joseph Bottum, but I do know the awesome president of the university (Dakota State University) where he works. The irony is that this little university is deeply involved with all things cyber security and beyond, yet they, too, value the humanities.

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