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How Humanities Courses Can Help You Get the Most Out of a STEM Education

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"What are you going to do with that degree?" is an all-too-familiar question asked of many liberal arts students, often in favor of the seemingly straightforward career paths offered by a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Although numerous reports of enrollment in humanities programs across the country have consistently fallen over time, the core concepts of this discipline offer practical skills that are crucial in professional settings, like critical thinking and clear communication. Discover the hidden value humanities courses add to academic and professional careers.

The Benefits of an Evolved Curriculum

Humanities courses help teach STEM students how to think creatively, reason, and analyze situations. These skills aren't limited to teachers and philosophers—doctors, lawyers, business leaders, and engineers can all be more successful in their careers by studying a balanced curriculum. Though experts have argued over which areas fall within the humanities discipline and how exactly to define the parameters, it's been said that by studying the humanities, the student has the opportunity to get to know oneself and others better. Through studying language, behavior, the arts, and history, professionals can better connect with customers, clients, patients, and entire communities through their work.

Though it may feel as though certain careers aren't exactly people-focused or rooted deeply in reading, writing, or business communication, these are far-reaching skills that can help professionals become more effective in consulting, reporting, and interacting with coworkers.

What Can You Do With a Liberal Arts Education Anyway?

A standalone education in the humanities and social sciences can prepare students to be successful in a variety of work settings. Humanities graduates may pursue careers in consulting, journalism, publishing, marketing, sales, advertising, education, non-profit management, public service, research, and much more. These skills help professionals ask questions about the world and teach them how to approach and analyze complex, imperfect, and subjective information.

Earn a Degree From a Nationally Recognized Institution

Tulane School of Professional Advancement boasts a renowned legacy of excellence in the humanities and liberal arts. Our dedicated faculty is committed to supporting students throughout their journeys and helping them succeed beyond the classroom. Apply online to discover how you can elevate your career in STEM or the liberal arts with a degree from Tulane SoPA.

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