How relevant are degrees in History, Philosophy etc in today's world of STEM?
- 7 months agoFavorite Answer
It is common to hear today, in the era of big data and STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — that liberal arts degrees are, well, relatively worthless. What is someone with a degree in English literature going to do with it, besides teach?
Since then, private and public pushes to increase STEM education have given rise to new concerns about the value of a liberal arts education — as well as arguments about why it is incredibly valuable, even to people going into STEM fields
Yet fewer students are studying the liberal arts than they did a few decades ago. A recent study by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, through its Humanities Indicators project, found that the number of bachelor’s degrees in the humanities that were earned in 2015, the last year for which there is data, was down nearly 10 percent from three years earlier.
- darkvelvetrainLv 67 months ago
One of my most amazing courses was a history of physics class. Also, philosophy is relevant in research, particularly ontological and epistemological positions on research generated knowledge.
- GypsyfishLv 77 months ago
Actually, English majors have been hired at a faster rate then engineering majors the past 10 years or so because employers value good communication skills. You need to adjust your assumptions. Law schools also actively recruit English majors because, they say, they can teach law to someone with good writing skills, but they can't teach writing skills to people who don't have them. And writing briefs is mostly what a junior lawyer does.
- MikeLv 77 months ago
The events of our time are not unique. They have happened before and have been dealt with before. STEM won't help you understand them.
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- RichardLv 77 months ago
I am not opposed to taking several courses in these areas to round out my knowledge, but there is a close to zero job market for these degrees. Some elitists will maintain that majoring in these areas will make you a "critical thinker." That is nonsensical, but they want to protect their jobs teaching stuff that nobody cares about.
- Diane ALv 77 months ago
These majors usually result in good writing skills, communication, and critical thinking skills among others. The whole world does NOT have a STEM degree, and there are literally thousands of careers these majors could lead to.
- .Lv 77 months ago
If they are combined with a STEM degree, quite a lot. There is a professor at Stanford with dual appointments in the departments of Psychology and Computer Science.