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...and the humanities

An idea gradually forges ahead, about reconnecting the humanities and social sciences with STEM disciplines for a holistic kind of education:





Oh, the humanit(ies)! Why integrating the liberal arts and STEM is a win-win for students, institutions


Bolstered by state and national workforce needs and their promising return on investment, the STEM track represents a gold mine for colleges and universities that want to ensure credentials from their institution are providing students with good job prospects and gainful employment. Meanwhile, the humanities and social sciences are taking a back seat.


But something exciting is happening in the world of higher education. Colleges and universities hailing from both sides of the fence are inching ever closer to the middle, integrating lessons in the humanities with STEM-based curriculum—and vice versa.

Integrating the arts into STEM (“STEAM”) has been in discussion since at least 2010, when the Rhode Island School of Design helped pioneer it. The program may be gaining more traction now as a means to adapt curricula in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) as its enrollment continues to wane and students’ pragmatism leads them to choose programs with a lower debt burden and higher payoff, The Washington Post reports. ...


READ the FULL ESSAY at: Alcino Donadel, "Oh, the humanit(ies)! Why integrating the liberal arts and STEM is a win-win for students, institutions," Universitybusiness, 14 Feb, 2024.

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