Stanford University's History Department has developed a collaborative teaching model for its faculty and graduate students that many other history departments across America may want to watch. We sat down with Professor Sheffer and her two advisees to talk about Stanford's new model.
Since the late 1960s, the proportion of four-year college students focusing in the humanities has dropped more than 50 percent. Today, only 8 percent of college students in the United States pursue a degree in the humanities.
I have confined my study exclusively to the "rational and analytical" departments of Western thinking, and have ignored human emotions and experience. How stupid of me to not notice this glaring hole until the last semester of college! How did this happen?
As the humanities move toward an increasingly digitized world where neither market nor technology proves a panacea, graduate education may begin to change, hopefully empowering humanities Ph.Ds to shape their own futures.
How can we, as members of an incredibly diverse society, effectively reach our political leaders to identify "the common good" and bring about the changes we want to see? The humanities keep us well-informed and able to adapt.
Parents and siblings are sometimes a bit baffled when their student declares a passionate interest in the humanities. Why can't she pursue a practical degree like accounting or computer science? What is the use of a dozen courses in the humanities?
We are living in a time when the proverbial best and brightest no longer opt to pursue careers in journalism or academia or politics. Apocalyptic rhetoric is fitting here: A cosmic battle is raging between the world of letters and the world of numbers.
Amid a struggling economy and a ballooning student debt crisis, parents and students are reevaluating the merits of a college education. There is no simple answer, because the return on investment depends on what you study.
Students are losing a sense of how human beings grappled in the past with moral issues that challenge us in the present and will persist into the future. This is the shrinking province of what we call "the humanities."
The existence of the Humanities is currently under attack on many fronts and in many ways. This is inevitable in an epoch in which the very essence of "humanity" itself is subjected to radical redefinitions mainly due to uncontrollable technological developments.