The word "humanities" is derived from the Renaissance Latin expression studia humanitatis,
or "study of humanitas" (a classical Latin word meaning—in addition to "humanity"
-- "culture, refinement, education" and, specifically, an "education befitting
a cultivated man").
In its usage in the early 15th century, the studia humanitatis was a
course of studies that consisted of grammar, poetry, rhetoric,
history, and moral philosophy, primarily derived from the study
of Latin and Greek classics. The word humanitas also gave rise
to the Renaissance Italian neologism umanisti, resulting in "humanist",