CHADRON – In January, the Board of Trustees of the Nebraska State College System approved an Interdisciplinary Humanities minor that will be available for students enrolling at Chadron State College in fall 2017.
The minor, which includes 21 credit hours, will focus on all material involved within the liberal arts field such as: philosophy, literature, art, music, architecture, theatre and history. Interdisciplinary Humanities will integrate knowledge from these distinct disciplines and apply them critically and practically, according to Dr. Deane Tucker, English and humanities professor at CSC. Students will also explore the broad range of Western and non-Western cultural phenomena, and integrate this knowledge in a meaningful way, Tucker said.
Nine core credits are required from course options such as: Humanistic Perspectives, Enlightenment to Romanticism, The Classical World, The Middle-Ages to the Renaissance and Modernism to Postmodernism.
Nine elective credits of upper-division hours focused in a participating humanistic discipline are also required, as well as three credits from upper division courses listed with a “HUM” prefix.
A broad cultural knowledge base and the ability to integrate that knowledge is an increasingly sought after skill in today’s job market, according to Tucker.
“Recent studies and news articles confirm that the job market for liberal arts majors and minors is growing and that a significant number of CEOs of major companies prefer to hire college graduates with a broad liberal arts based education,” Tucker said.
Tucker believes the Interdisciplinary Humanities minor will enrich students’ depth of cultural understanding as well as their abilities to think and communicate critically.
“This new minor is designed to respond to the growing demand for interdisciplinary study and nurturing enhanced creative and critical thinking skills employers are looking for in a 21st century workforce in Nebraska, the U.S., and the globe,” Tuckersaid.
—Conor P. Casey, Graduate Assistant