The humanities comprise a variety of academic disciplines that critically evaluate all aspects of the human condition. Subject areas within the humanities include languages, literature, art, history, philosophy, religion, the social sciences, and the arts. A strong high school humanities program requires students to think across these disciplines and arrive at reasoned conclusions about the state of man--past, present, and future. Consolidation of the district History and Language Arts departments has opened new opportunities for junior and high school teachers to work collaboratively in developing a rich instructional program that will prepare students to lead a well-considered life. For specific information about the Language Arts or History programs in the Madison Public Schools, please select from the hierarchy list on the left of this page.