HumanitiesThe humanities are a group of academic subjects united by a commitment to studying aspects of the human condition and a qualitative approach that generally prevents a single paradigm from coming to define any discipline.
In academia, the humanities are generally considered to be, along with the social sciences and the natural sciences, one of three major components of the liberal arts and sciences.
While the precise definition of the humanities can be contentious, the following disciplines are generally recognized to form their core:
The contents of the humanities are nowhere particularly prescribed. Some expand the definition to include other studies of human life using qualitative description and analysis:
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College of Humanities: Free-Ed.Net
Offers courses and educational resources hosted at the site and links to related resources. Also features tutorials and study guides.
Voice of the Shuttle
Portal maintained by Alan Liu of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Features a history of the project, news and offers visitors the opportunity to participate by becoming volunteer editors.
CTI Centre for Textual Studies
Features links to resources in Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Classics, Film Studies, and Theater Arts. Also offers a calendar of events and publications. Hosted by the Humanities Computing Unit at the University of Oxford.
Humanities and Social Sciences Internet Resources
A directory of links hosted by the Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto. Features a selection of general resources, as well as links to journals and information on scholarly publishing.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Honorary society that recognizes achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and conducts a varied program of projects and studies responsive to the needs of society. Features publications in PDF format, news, events calendar, as well as lists of members and fellows.
Arts and Letters Daily
Daily report of news in art and literature. Includes reviews of new books, essays and articles.
The Stanford Electronic Humanities Review
Online version of the semi-annual interdisciplinary journal. Includes full contents of recent issues.
Lexicon of Humanities
Site features basic glossaries, quotations, and bibliographies per discipline.
Irish Resources in the Humanities
Directory of humanities sites of Irish interest. Categories include Irish Archaeology, Architecture, Archives and Libraries, Art, Geography, History, Irish Language, Literature and Theatre.
Emily's Page for the Humanities
A collection of annotated links to general resources. Contains sections devoted to texts online, journals and Medieval and Renaissance links.
World-Wide Web Resources - Humanities
A catalog of annotated Internet resources maintained by the University of Kentucky Libraries. Offers sections devoted to English and American Literature, popular culture, Classical Studies, creative writing information for authors, Film, and Fine Arts.
A clearing-house for information related to electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) hosted by Matthew Kirschenbaum of the University of Virginia Library. Directory is broken down by discipline and features links to completed and works in progress.
Portal features articles and links for philosophy, literature, religion, history and art. Offers categories devoted to education, publications, as well as museums and specialty bookstores.
Southern Humanities Council
Organization that fosters interdisciplinary discussions across a broad range of topics relevant to contemporary issues in the South. Features information on the group's annual conference, membership details, publications and a newsletter.
A portal featuring links to literature and art. Features indigenous poetry, chat forum and an image gallery.
National Humanities Institute
Promotes research, publishing, and teaching in the humanities, with emphasis on the ethical preconditions and purposes of culture and society.
A website for interdisciplinary research in the humanities. The site allows for the organization of interdisciplinary symposiums whose quality is guaranteed by an international scientific committee.
California Council For The Humanities
Nonprofit organization devoted to strengthening communities by creating, sponsoring and promoting change.
Washington Commission For The Humanities
Dedicated to improving individual and community life through public programs that interpret culture and provide a forum for civic dialogue.
Texas Council for the Humanities Resource Center presents interactive exhibits, games, and lessons.
Virgin Islands Humanities Council
Nonprofit organization supporting research, education and public projects in the humanities.
News and links on the arts and society.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Supports learning and funds research, education, museum exhibitions, documentaries, and preservation activities in the United States. Offers news and publications, as well as descriptions of current projects.
Australian Humanities Review
Peer-reviewed interdisciplinary electronic journal of the humanities published quarterly. Features full-text articles, contact details for the editorial board, as well as information for authors.
Event Horizon: A Journal of the Sciences and Humanities
Studies in the sciences and humanities from the Department of English at Rutgers University.
American Council of Learned Societies
Private non-profit federation of sixty-six national scholarly organizations. Provides information on ACLS fellowships and grants in all fields of the humanities, publications, and the latest ACLS news.
Modern Humanities Research Association
Promotes advanced study and research in the field of the modern humanities, especially modern European languages and literatures (including English).
NYU School of Medicine resources on literature, the arts and medicine.
Reason Magazine: The Culture Wars
A collection of articles from the libertarian magazine examining culture and its relationship to society.
Stanford Humanities Laboratory
Cultivates new ways of producing and presenting knowledge in the humanities. Provides an overview of current research, news, staff profiles, and student opportunities.
Offers images, papers and oral histories from artists and academics. The focus is on the area of identity, ethnicity, race and cultural difference. Features essays on theory, information on the project and contact details.
Envisioning: Studies in Image and Idiom
A publication made up of progressive explorations of political dissent, art history and visual culture. Features table of contents, exerts, abstracts, as well as submission details for authors.
Wayne State University Humanities Program
Features information for current and prospective students. Provides an overview of courses offered, faculty profiles and contact information.
Penn Humanities Forum
University of Pennsylvania hosted program that provides a common ground for interdisciplinary exchange through cultural programs, fellowships and seminars. Features information on the program, calendar of events and links to related resources.
The WWW Virtual Library: Humanities
A directory of resources maintained by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, GÃ¶teborg University, Sweden. Features categories devoted to Archaeology, History, Philosophy, Religion, and academic departments, as well as general resources.
Center for the Humanities
Supports individual teaching and research projects as well as serves as a communications resource for school programs and activities at Wesleyan University. Information on lecture series and the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Utah Humanities Council
Promotes lifelong learning using the humanities as a process of reflection, conversation and action. Features a description of the organization and activities. Also offers a calendar of events and contact details.
Arts and Humanities Data Service
A catalogue organized to collect, preserve and promote re-use of the electronic resources which result from research in the arts and humanities.
Collections by subject--provided by Stanford University.
Serves as a broad resource for a wide variety of literature-related materials, including text archives of both prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction, as well as and other types of literature resources.