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A recent Washington Post article points out that the CEOs of tech companies seek graduates who are trained in a variety of disciplines, not just writing computer code. Mozilla executive Mark Surman says coding is just the "tip of the iceberg," and that below that must be a strong foundation in "participationg, critical thinking and being able to collaborate." Similarly, Tesla founder Elon Musk (whose recent decision to locate a lithium battery factory in northern Nevada may create new employment opportunities for UNR students) recommends arts and sciences courses for the thinking skills they develop in this interview.
In this article from the Boston Globe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and dean Deborah Fitzgerald explains why this STEM-focused university requires its students to take eight courses in the humanities, arts, and social sciences: "From climate change to poverty to disease, the challenges of our age are unwaveringly human in nature and scale, and engineering and science issues are always embedded in broader human realities, from deeply felt cultural traditions to building codes to political tensions,” she writes. “So our students also need an in-depth understanding of human complexities — the political, cultural, and economic realities that shape our existence — as well as fluency in the powerful forms of thinking and creativity cultivated by the humanities, arts, and social sciences.” The article also quotes doctors, engineers, and business entrepreneurs who credit their humanities courses with making them better at their jobs and enhancing their careers.
The Core Humanities program welcomes two new faculty members who will join our team in Fall 2014: Dr. Gabriel Hill and Dr. Mark Farnsworth. Dr. Hill holds a PhD in History from the University of Minnesota and has taught a variety of courses on ancient civilizations and Medieval Europe. His research examines marginal notations and markings in medieval texts and what these reveal about the ways readers used their books. Dr. Farnsworth is a recent graduate from the PhD program in English at UNR and has taught a variety of English and Core Humanities courses, drawing on his expertise in early modern literature and drama.
Congratulations to Marian Lakey, winner of the Spring 2014 Core Humanities Student Survey prize. We would like to thank Marian and the 475 other students who took the time to participate in the survey. We will survey students every semester, so if you didn't get a chance to complete the survey in Spring 2014, be sure to look out for the survey again at the end of the Fall semester. Many thanks also to Brian Pringle for compiling the results of the spring survey. Reports on the student survey results are available in the Assessment section of the website.