And why does Academia seem to give it free reign?
Bashing other disciplines is clearly against our code of conduct and I do not have the impression that it happens often.
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A responded argued that a master's in "the humanities" was "worthless" and claimed he would be unable to do anything with it "at least in the professions."
I presume you are referring to this comment, which says:
Why do you need a PhD degree in the humanities? An online program (if you could find one) would be of no use professionally (in any profession). Just study as much sociology as you like. Online courses are a possibility.
In my interpretation, the author of this comment:
asks the question’s author what they want to achieve by obtaining a PhD as opposed to (online) self study without a degree.
This is not related to the field.
In my opinion, this is a completely legitimate question as few people do a PhD its own sake, i.e., the diploma, and we get many similar questions, where it turns out that the asker wants a PhD but actually needs something different.
claims that online PhD programmes are of no professional use.
Whether professional use pertains to the actual qualification obtained through such programmes or their recognition by potential future employers is unclear, but does not really matter for your question.
This is claimed to apply to any field/profession (“in any profession”), not just to the humanities.
In particular, this does not claim humanities to be useless.
Finally note that it was the question’s author who first classified sociology as humanities; the commentor probably just went along.
Most such categorisations are horribly vague and country-specific.
For example, there exist no accurate German translation of the term humanities that would capture the same disciplines.
While a considerable portion of users of this site are from the STEM fields or faculty, another, equally considerable portion is not.
For example, I am not faculty, and the question which prompted the comment in question was answered by a sociologist.