Sherrisphere
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I was curious to see the responses people would give to this thread.

The idea was inspired by several science-oriented friends of mine who get very condescending towards people studying humanities degrees, literature in particular. I have my own replies to people like this (and have got an offer from Cambridge to do English hooray), but lets see what you've got!

Typical starter: Science degrees teach us something we can apply to better society. Studying English means you read a load of books. What's the point?

(also, please redirect this if this isn't the appropriate forum, but I think it's helpful to answer it regardless)
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(Original post by Sherrisphere)
Typical starter: Science degrees teach us something we can apply to better society. Studying English means you read a load of books. What's the point?)
Because it's not like people use words to communicate, advertise, inform etc. on society, is it....?

Literature in particular helps to icnrease cultural awareness, is often thought provoking so can broaden horizons. As a subjects, teaches skills of speaking and forming a solid argument. Also analytical and reasoning skills.

You mentioned humanties, are we counting social sciences here as well even though we're in the English forum? Such subjects helps us understand people and human behaviour, canbe used to help find solutions to problems such as crime and underdevelopment.

Congrats on your offer!
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As an academic subject it requires incredible imagination and indeed, the ability to express - which together, emphasises the difficulty, but also the 'ease' for those who are talented. Studying mainly science subjects has really highlighted the difficulty when approaching this subject (at A-level) and has really made me appreciate its, perhaps debatable worth. I think it gives students many skills that many other core subjects just can not offer!
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