The humanities comprise a variety of academic disciplines which 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.