Marble statue of the goddess Isis-Tyche-Pelagia (Image credit: Tilemahos)

The humanities is such a unique subject compared to all of the other subject areas that college students study, although it does include some subjects as well, especially when it comes to their historical significance. That is why it is hard not to enjoy learning about the history of human beings along with ancient languages and communication methods, literature, philosophy, religion, music, theater, and other forms of performance art and entertainment.

Students who are enrolled in humanities courses often study a broad range of topics that span a large timeframe. However, many humanities courses are designated by the era that the material will cover. Students must be equipped with the right textbooks to succeed in these classes, and some books are obviously better than others. According to Top Ten Top Ten, these are the top 10 humanities textbooks currently in use. Even if you don’t need one of these books for your humanities class, they could be helpful in studying for exams or writing term papers because of how well they are designed and how comprehensive the information in them is:

1) Humanities through the Arts by F. David Martin and Lee Jacobus (2010 – McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages)

2) Discovering the Humanities (MyHumanitiesKit Series) by Henry M. Sayre (2009 – Prentice Hall)

3) The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity from Antiquity to the Present by Roy Porter (1997 – HarperCollins Publishers)

4) Atlas of World History From the Origins of Humanity to the Year 2000 by University of London Institute of Historical Research and Patrick K O’Brien (1999 – Oxford University Press)

5) Humanity: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by James Peoples and Garrick Bailey (2011 – Wadsworth Publishing)

6) VANITY FAIR (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities) by B. Shillings (1989 – Scholarly Title)

7) Mirror for Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by Conrad Phillip Kottak (2011 – McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages)

8) Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (The Public Square) by Martha C. Mussbaum (2010 – Princeton University Press)

9) Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs by Muhammad Yunus (2010 – PublicAffairs)

10) Perceiving the Arts: An Introduction to the Humanities (10th Edition) by Dennis J. Sporre (2011 – Prentice Hall)

Check Textbooks.org to compare prices on all of these books and plenty more humanities textbooks. By purchasing them used or finding a copy to rent, you will be able to save a lot of money.