Valued Skills

STEM Leaders Praise the Humanities

Leaders in STEM-fields value the skills gained through the humanities.

“…there are very few, if any, professional careers where an understanding of humanity and training in the humanities isn’t critical.”

Jacque Fetrow, Computational Physicist and Provost of the University of Richmond

Arts and humanities disciplines complement STEM education by teaching students interpretive and philosophical modes of inquiry; by honing communication and writing skills; by fostering multicultural and global understanding; and by cultivating an appreciation for history, aesthetics, and the human experience… These ways of thinking contribute to inventiveness and, in turn, to competitiveness.”

National Science Board

“One of the most important things I tell my class is… that they’ll be much better off in the long run if they take this opportunity to study literature, history, and foreign languages.”

Neal Koblitz, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Washington