STEM and the Liberal Arts

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Technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing. ~ Steve Jobs

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields are needed, however, should include a strong liberal arts program to foster creativity, problem solving, and much more.

According to a Monster article, here are the top seven skills for 2018:

  • Problem solving
  • Data analytics
  • Social media literacy
  • Creativity
  • Resiliency
  • Good business sense
  • Willingness to learn

The above skills are woven into the liberal arts. A liberal arts degree challenges students to think beyond their experiences, culture and what they know. They are exposed to social and personal growth development. They are required to select a major and a complementary minor (if required). The option to create their own major is also available to them (interdisciplinary studies).

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What undergraduate degree will prepare you for the changing job market?

A degree that offers you flexibility to grow, challenge and apply your skills is valuable. You need to be willing to expand yourself beyond your comfort zone. If you know you need to improve your public speaking skills, UMD offers communication courses to assist you. Thinking globally? Take a second language course (i.e. CHIN, FR, GER, SPAN) or study abroad. Get involved with on campus programs, opportunities, student leadership, committees, etc. Get a job on campus or in the community to hone your job skills. Being involved will develop your time management, team building and work ethic skills.

Within a liberal arts degree students have the following opportunities:

These opportunities prepare students with problem solving, resiliency, adaptability, creativity and willingness to learn....and much more. If they want more, they can always select an elective course or courses to broaden their degree. These can all fit within the 120 minimum degree credits. Prepare a plan and schedule a meeting with your advisor.