In this series, we will be covering Arts and Humanities inside out. This is Part I (Introduction to Arts & Humanities after 10th Standard).
As a Humanities graduate myself, I’m here at your service to help you with the subject. After reading this, you will be sure if Humanities is the Nemo you were Finding or this relationship with Arts is really complicated.
Choosing the right stream after 10th is a crucial decision.
At this age, most of you are still exploring your desires and aspirations. This one decision could have a huge impact on the future.
While you get all sorts of counselling from parents, relatives, friends and teachers, do not rely merely on external influences.
Times are changing; what was traditionally considered as the least favourable stream is now blooming with scope and opportunities.
Arts and Humanities as a course study:
❝Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. ❞
—Dead Poets Society
Humanities, popularly known as Arts, closely study human relationships, society and cultures.
Understand it as a science of humans and society from a social, cultural, political and economic point of view. It is considered as the base of almost all sciences.
Most common subjects in Humanities are Languages, Political Science, History, Economics, Geography, Psychology and Sociology.
However, there are several other subjects particularly focused on their fields of practical studies such as Fashion, Performing Arts, Fine Arts, Library Sciences and so on.
If you had a positive answer to any of these questions, then Humanities is the stream for you!
Humanities allow you to take up all sorts of subjects ranging from Literature to Psychology and Social Sciences.
A gist of some popular art subjects is given below to give you an idea of the stream.
- Languages: English, Hindi, Sanskrit, French, German etc.
- Social Sciences: History, Geography, Political Science, Economics
- Behavioral Studies: Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology etc.
- Home Science
- Information Practice
- Physical Education
- Fashion Studies
- Fine Arts: Visual Arts (like Painting, Cartooning, Graphic Designing, Digital Arts etc.), Performing Arts (like Music, Dance, Vocal, Theatre etc.)
- Theology (the study of the nature of God and religious beliefs)
- Media and Communication
Note that the availability of subjects to choose from would depend on your school, your location, your board, the year of passing, the popularity of the subject in your area and, sometimes, the faculties.
Do approach your seniors and teachers before finalizing the decision.
Irrespective of what people say around you, the Career Options for a Humanities student is unlimited.
Too many courses and career lines might appear alike from a distance. But proper knowledge and exploration can give you a better insight to build your bridge to reach your star.
Today, it is a highly competitive stream that opens the door for lucrative career options for you.
Some of the rewarding arts and humanities career options are as follows:
- Writer/ Content Writer/ Technical Writer/ Copywriter/ Proposal Writer
- Editor/ Editorial Assistant/ Content Editor/ Technical Editor/ Copy Editor/ Managing Editor/ Poetry Editor
- Content Marketing Manager/ Content Strategist/ Web Content Specialist/ Intelligence Analyst/ Communications Director/ Communications Specialist/ Managing Director
- Teacher/ Professor/ Lecturer/ Tutor
- Author/ Novelist/ Poet
- Counselor/ Psychologist/ Therapist/ Mental Health Analyst
- Researcher/ Research Assistant
- Paralegal/ Legal Assistant/ Psephologist
- Administrative Officer/ Industrial Relations Officer
- Archaeologist/ Historian/ Anthropologist
- A career in Non-Profit Organization/ NGOs/ Social Worker
- Journalist/ News Reporter/ News Writer
- A career in Civil Services (like IAS Officer, IPS Officer, IFS Officer)
- Fashion Designer/ Fashion Illustrator
- Dancer/ Choreographer
- Actor/ Dramatist
- Club Disc Jockey
- Radio Jockey
- Artist/ Craftsman
- Musician/ Instrumentalist
- Graphic Designer
- Career in Hospitality/ Hotel Manager/ Flight Crew Attendant/ Air Hostess/ Flight Steward
- Statistician/ Economist
- Travel Agent
- Event Organizer
- Museum Worker/ Curator
- FBI Agent (Really :p)
- Foreign Correspondent
- Human Resources Specialist
You might wonder if these hobby-cum-careers would provide for a secure future. But the pay scale for any successful career in Humanities is only set for high earning potential.
For instance, the mid-career salary of a Senior Managing Director holding a Bachelor degree in English literature is about $100,000, which is a blow-off in anyone’s face who says English isn’t a secure career line to get into.
Have a look at this updated Payscale Report of 2019 to get an insight into the best-paying jobs in the fields of Humanities.
One of the most important factors in the selection of stream for 10+2 is the scope for further studies.
Unlike Science and Commerce that have their own limited extent of courses and degrees, as an Arts and Humanities student, you will have an extremely wide range of options to choose for a Bachelor degree after 12th, and further openly extended research areas for Master and PhD.
After Humanities in 10+2, the following Undergraduate courses are available:
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Honours in English Literature
- Honours in Hindi
- Honours in Sanskrit
- Honours in Psychology
- Honours in History
- Honours in Economics
- Honours in Regional Languages (like Marathi, Bengali)
- Honours in Foreign Languages (like French, German)
- Honours in Philosophy
- Honours in Political Science
- Honours in Sociology
- Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- Fashion Design
- Home Science
- Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA)
- Bachelor of Arts+Bachelors of Legislative Law (BA+LLB)
- Bachelor of Business Administration+Bachelor of Legislative Law (BBA+LLB)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
- Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)
- Bachelor of Hotel Management (BHM)
- Bachelor of Design (BDes)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
- Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA)
- Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC)
- Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM)
- Bachelor of Library Science (MLibSc)
- Bachelor of Social Work (MSW)
Some graduate students prefer applying for competitive exams like Union Public Service Commission (UPSC Civil Services), Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS PO).
Others who wish to study further can pursue Post Graduation courses like:
- Bachelor of Education (BEd)
- Master of Arts (MA)
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Journalism and Mass Communication (MJMC)
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
- Master of Science (MSc)
- Home Science
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Master of Library Science (MLibSc)
- Master of Social Work (MSW)
Finally, students aspiring for lecturing or simply the highest degree can go for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in their respective fields of study.
It would not only allow you to be eligible for the highest salary possible but also gives you the right to add the reputed title Dr with your name.
To read about higher education after 10+2 in Humanities in detail, head over to this blog by Precisely.
Before making any decision, take time to explore your skills, talents and aspirations.
In fact, if I tell you my personal experience, I could never drop my plan for pursuing a career Humanities even after my 10+2 in Commerce.
I switched to Literature even after getting a good score in my 12th. Instead of regretting my entire life, a sincere realization and changing my career line was easier.
For you who are enthusiastic but doubtful about an unusual profession, let me assure you taking that risk is okay.
Analyse your interests and read about all the subjects in every field to get an insight into each stream.
If Science does not interest you and Commerce is not your type, then you might want to get into Arts after 10th.
Being an open path for all, it can give anyone a way to move further who hasn’t yet made up his mind over the area of study and career paths.
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– Article contributed by Shifali Gulati and Graphics by Anulipi Debnath for Precisely