Scientific American pens essay in defense of the humanities

September 23, 2016

“Promoting science and technology education to the exclusion of the humanities may seem like a good idea, but it is deeply misguided,” write the editors of Scientific American. The article explores what it deems to be the “parallel dynamism” of the arts and sciences to argue that the United States should not be trying to change the liberal arts mission of its universities, particularly at a time when developing countries are working hard to emulate this model. The article cites research showing that employers most commonly seek applicants with the ability to “think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems,” adding that these are the very skills that a liberal arts education provides. Scientific American