Posts from "January, 2012"

CNN on the Importance of Studying Foreign Language

Excerpt:

One of the best choices you can make when planning your college years is
the decision to learn a foreign language, whatever your major. Learning
another language will open the door to another culture and enhance your
career opportunities in the increasingly global economy. Having strong
skills in another language may give you an edge when applying for a job.
That unique ability will set you apart from other applicants and show a
potential employer that you have demonstrated long-term discipline in
acquiring specialized knowledge.

more here: http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/05/my-view-why-language-study-should-be-part-of-your-college-experience/

Why Study Art History?

Journalists like to beat up on the humanities. We don’t need to look far to find fresh stories on why universities need to get back to job training and to limit students majoring in the liberal arts. Art History, like literature or philosophy, is a favorite target for its lack of utility.

Read here about the serious problems with these assumptions and how and why the market values skills learned in Art History:
http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-06/postrel-how-art-history-majors-power-the-u-s-.html

Inside Higher Ed Makes Case for Humanities

The authors of “Fear of Being Useful,” a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, expose the fallacies in what passes for conventional wisdom on  humanities degrees–that they’re a waste of time, a ticket to unemployment, and so on.

Their survey of the types of communicative and thinking skills valued by the modern marketplace holds out promise for humanities grads. They also highlight innovative programs around the country, including BYU’s Humanities+ initiatives, that are helping students bridge humanities coursework with career opportunity.

See here: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/01/05/essay-new-approach-defend-value-humanities