When humanities and STEM disciplines intentionally partner, all students benefit: Opinion

While many members of the postsecondary sector have decried the decline of the humanities, many science and technology-oriented institutions have thriving humanities departments, writes Richard Utz. Utz, who teaches at a STEM-focused institution, reflects on comments from humanities students who said they felt taking humanities courses at a STEM-focused institution would give them an advantage. The author then highlights the ways that humanities students at STEM-focused institutions benefit from the collaborative atmosphere, focus on student research, norms around failure as a part of learning, and increased possibilities for external funding. Utz urges institutions to foster deeper, deliberate relationships between the STEM disciplines and the humanities for the benefit of students from both disciplines. Inside Higher Ed (Subscription) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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