Mary Sue Coleman and John L. Hennessy stepping up to the plate here. Nice work.
— history, literature, languages, art, philosophy — and the social
sciences focus on the lasting challenges relevant to all of us: creating
lives of purpose and meaning, appreciating diversity and complexity,
communicating effectively with others and overcoming adversity.
Ultimately, our ability to work meaningfully with others will determine
the success of our enterprises, and that ability is honed through the
humanities and social sciences.
That is why the humanities and
social sciences are an essential part of undergraduate education. Most
successful careers, including in technology and engineering, do not
result simply from technical knowledge. They require leadership skills,
social and emotional intelligence, cultural understanding, a capacity
for strategic decision-making and a global perspective.
another way, success in life requires a sensibility about the world and
one’s place in it that the humanities seek to cultivate, as well as an
understanding of economic and societal context that the social sciences
Surveys conducted this year for the national Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences confirmed that most U.S. employers are looking for these broad-based benefits of a liberal arts education in their workers.
today requires addressing the challenges of an increasingly complex and
interconnected world, whether the challenges are in business, health,
education, technology, law, social justice, environmental protection or
dozens of other fields. Most students today will have careers in
multiple fields across the span of their lives. Our universities should
develop students with skills and capacities that will serve them well in
multiple settings and cultivate a passion for lifelong learning, which
they will need to thrive in a world requiring constant adaptation.