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Mark Cuban says Liberal Arts Majors Prepared for the Future

In an interview with Bloomberg news, internet billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban argues that English, Philosophy, and foreign language majors are uniquely prepared for the disruptive jobs environment of the coming decade. The growth in computing power and increasingly sophisticated software will displace many fields and place a higher premium on workers who can contribute in more creative ways. See the full interview in the link below.*

Interview with Mark Cuban 


*Thanks to Shasta Hamilton for this source.

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.

Humanities Meets Computer Science

Building on the widespread growth of digital humanities programs across the country, a pilot program at Stanford University enables students in humanities fields to cultivate stronger computing skills with a combined major in computer science. While the program won’t necessarily turn these students into professional programmers, it gives them the chance to tailor their course of study by finding ways the two fields can complement each other. In other words, they can acquire computational skills in information management, analysis, and visualization that augment their humanities research interests.

See the link below to the Chronicle of Higher Education article.*


Thanks to President Kevin Worthen 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.*



*Thanks to Rebecca Brazzale for the reference.