Literally, humanities is the study of humanity. Although in the Humanities Program, we limit the scope of the course to revolution, the potential content is surely far more holistic than revolution – it encompasses everything that relates to humanity.
Before defining Humanities, I would like to set up the premises of discussion: 1. We follow the Kantian view of reason – reasoning is categorizing experiences; 2. Reason is the only way to derive convincing knowledge. With the two premises accepted, it is apparent that for one to derive rigorous knowledge, one has to categorize human experiences that one acquires (maybe vicariously,) which means the process of knowing requires scholars to extract universality out of individual experiences. Thus, Humanities is a discipline that studies humanities by extracting universalities from human experiences.
Such definition is evident in the learning experience of Humanities Program. We have learned about Copernican Revolution, Rwanda Genocide, Civil Rights Movement in Humanities Program. In unit 1, we learned that humans are equal; in unit 2, we learned about how conceptual schemes limits our sights; in unit 3, we learned the dangerousness of banality of evil. All these lessons come from comparison and abstraction of human experiences.
The Declaration of Causes and Necessity to Take up Arms is a good example of application of Humanities: the author draws from what he sees to be universality of human beings – reverence for God – to make argument.