Students should engage with texts and works of art by learning and practicing methods of close reading, careful analysis and critical thinking. Students also should learn to locate works of the humanities in relation to social and historical contexts of their authors and audiences. Students should acquire basic knowledge of an important part of the history of culture in the Indian traditions, or they should acquire similar knowledge for a non-Indian culture. Students should practice critical thinking, problem solving, and expository writing in the humanities. Students should be prepared to be more knowledgeable and effective citizens by acquiring better skills in close reading, careful analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and expository writing, and by better awareness of cultural diversity and cultural change.