Posts tagged with "STEM"

Study Literature First, Then Learn to Code

A recent New York Times¬†Op-Ed suggests a humanities background is just the thing for future software developers. Challenging the view that students interested in careers in software should learn to code at the expense of other priorities, Bradford Hipps makes the case for devoting the undergraduate years to liberal arts.¬†Software, he argues, is “far more creative than algorithmic” which makes a liberal arts background uniquely helpful in solving the kinds of challenges developers face.

Follow the link below to the full piece.*

To Write Better Code, Read Virginia Woolf

 

*Thanks to Scott Miller for the reference.

A Liberal Arts Degree Offers Long-Term Value

Peter Cappelli, Professor of Management at the Wharton School, argues in a recent editorial on CNBC that students who spend their college careers in so-called “practical” majors may be on a riskier career path than their counterparts in the humanities. Using college to learn a narrow sub-specialty can make you vulnerable to the ever changing trends of the marketplace and, at the same time, less equipped to adapt to new professional opportunities.

Rather than trying to outguess the market to dictate what you study, students would be better off getting a broader education in something they are passionate about. According to Cappelli: “Taking the long view that college is preparation for life, including a lifetime of jobs, really does make more sense than seeing it as job training.”

Follow the link for the full piece.*

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/17/go-ahead-get-a-liberal-arts-degree-commentary.html

 

 

*Thanks to Rebecca Brazzale for the reference.