Arts and Sciences for the 21st Century
“I don't want to be up here all the time just talking,” says Professor Mary Konsolaki. “I like interacting with students.”
Konsolaki’s Genetic Analysis class in the School of Arts and Sciences can sometimes seem more like a brainstorming session at a cutting-edge start-up company than a traditional science lecture course.
She keeps a constant dialogue going with students, encouraging them to apply the knowledge they’ve gained from class discussion and readings to solve real-life genetic problems.
A few buildings over, comparative literature professor Richard Serrano gets into heady discussions with students about film, music, and literature and how culture can shed light on the origins of societal conflict.
"The thing I really want students to take away is that no matter how simple a conflict may appear, it is more complex than it seems," Serrano says of his Past Today Signature Course. "And ultimately the way we come to terms with and learn about the complexity is through the culture."
On Douglass Campus, meanwhile, students in sociology professor Sharon Bzostek's Health and Inequality course learn about the issues that affect the health of immigrants and explore potential policy initiatives related to health coverage and the minimum wage.
“Economic mobility and health are intertwined,” Bzostek tells students. “And those external factors like discrimination, and lack of access to resources take a toll on physical and mental health."
The commitment to engaged teaching that draws students into deep discussions and gives them the opportunity to analyze problems and create solutions is a hallmark of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers.
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Advantages of a Liberal Arts Education
- Arts and Sciences at Rutgers is broad-based, with students getting exposure to science, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities.
- Arts and Sciences graduates from Rutgers go on to success in many different fields. Read stories about liberal arts graduates who've pursued careers in business, journalism, and medicine.
- Data shows that people change jobs and change careers more often than they have in the past. Students with an Arts and Science background tend to be flexible and adaptable and well-equipped to handle career change and shifts in the job market.
- In the current tech-dominated economy, employers prize liberal arts graduates because of their ability to provide creative solutions. See Forbes piece on start-up Slack Technologies, headed by a philosophy major.
- Many of America’s most successful CEOs were humanities majors. See article.
- In 2010, Steve Jobs famously mused that for technology to be truly brilliant, it must be coupled with artistry. "It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough," he said. "It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing."
- Liberal Arts graduates tend to earn more in their peak-earning years, in their 50s, than those who had professional and pre-professional degrees. Read the article.