That humanities and liberal arts play an important role in today’s university landscape is something members of SAGE (an acronym for study, activity, growth and enrichment) agreed upon during a forum led by Tseng College dean Joyce Feucht-Haviar. SAGE, a learning-in-retirement organization affiliated with the Tseng College, sponsored the event.
“In today’s economy, the jobs available for people without critical thinking skills are disappearing,” dean Feucht-Haviar said. “The economy is looking for people with those skills.” Liberal arts and humanities serve as a vital connection to career-oriented curricula, because practical, career-focused training received at colleges and universities requires the perspective and creative thinking ability that the humanities provide.
A liberal education focuses less on a specific skill set and more on an overall intellectual capacity, critical thinking ability and seeing problems from a variety of perspectives. Dean Feucht-Haviar noted the importance of liberal arts and humanities to complement career and professional education.
“When I talk to midsize or larger business and industry representatives, they describe what they are looking for in graduates that matches the outcomes of a liberal education, said Feucht-Haviar. She said that if these employers hire graduate with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, they “want someone who can think, communicate, problem-solve and innovate… the outcomes of a liberal education.”
The Tseng College has responded to this need with a master’s degree in humanities, offered in collaboration with CSUN’s College of Humanities. The program offers students an opportunity to reach beyond a focus on a specific career and broaden their thinking to deal with challenges in any profession.
For more: Master of Arts in Humanities [Tseng College]