STEM and the Humanities | Thinking About College | John Raftrey And Lori McCormick | Mountain View Online |

Local Blogs

Thinking About College

By John Raftrey And Lori McCormick

E-mail John Raftrey And Lori McCormick

About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally f...  (More)

View all posts from John Raftrey And Lori McCormick

STEM and the Humanities

Uploaded: May 26, 2019
(written by Lori McCormick)

Last week I attended a college counseling conference. Over the course of the week, I visited college campuses and attended a variety of informative presentations. One presentation that stood out to me was on the topic of STEM and the Humanities. The presenters represented colleges that offer STEM majors blended with a Humanities approach.

The University of Chicago, for example, blends its core curriculum to include courses in Humanities, the Arts, Natural Sciences, Math, and Social Sciences. Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut is another college that piqued my interest. There, students pursuing Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering also participate in the liberal arts curriculum.

Why is it important to blend STEM and Humanities? Knowing the demand for well-rounded employees in today’s workforce, colleges strive to educate students to think logically and freely on all subjects, not just their intended major. Blending soft skills into a STEM degree educates students as a whole. On the job training is common; however, being able to effectively communicate orally and in writing, and possess empathy and reasoning are skills that transfer from the classroom to the real world.

Another added perk of applying into STEM majors at liberal arts colleges is that they are sometimes, not always, direct admits, meaning there are no prerequisites nor secondary application processes to get into the STEM major of choice. With the rising demand for STEM employees and the competitive nature of acceptances into STEM-only majors, these blended degrees are worth serious consideration.
What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

 +   3 people like this
Posted by Bill, a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove,
on May 29, 2019 at 2:52 pm

As graduate of Trinity College i can confirm the above assessment.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.

What gives you hope?
By Sherry Listgarten | 22 comments | 3,683 views

Shake Shack to open doors at San Mateo's Hillsdale Shopping Center this weekend
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 1,801 views

Premarital and Couples: What feeling is not allowed, and what do you use in its place?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 744 views

 

The holidays are here!

From live music to a visit with Santa, here's a look at some local holiday activities to help you get into the spirit of the season.

VIEW