Redefining Liberal Arts: The Future of Liberal Arts in a Hybrid World
While a liberal arts education offers a myriad of benefits – communication, collaboration, critical thinking, social responsibility and community, and “learning how to learn” – it also suffers from a perception problem. Many students and families fear that a liberal arts degree will not sufficiently prepare them for career success. In particular, non-STEM students seek opportunities that build upon their interests while enabling them to contribute to an economy increasingly driven by technology.
The result? A decline in liberal arts and humanities majors.
In this webinar hosted by WCET in partnership with Adjacent Academies, speakers unpacked the data to understand these liberal arts trends. They then explored programs in development by forward-thinking universities, including the ways they accomplish the following:
- Bringing real-world social problems into the classroom.
- Giving students hands-on exposure to the latest technology, such as robots and AI.
- Helping students develop enduring and transferable career skills.
- Ensuring equity for diverse students and first-generation students.
- Complementing liberal arts degrees with academically rigorous study-away programs to build hard and soft skills.