Were it not for the humanities we might still be limiting the curricula to the 7 liberal arts and sciences, graduating those who can glibly answer "what" but not "why" questions. An Argument: In our grammar schools we are taught that our constitution is heaven sent dogma. With research, Larry Sabato, in "A More Perfect Constitution", points out that Jefferson, Madison, Washington and Mason each believed the constitution ought to be updated regularly.  My point: I thank a liberal arts curriculum mandating a humanities survey every time my electrical engineering son comes home from the University of Kentucky with the ability and desire to talk to me about more than discrete mathematics or electrical circuits.