According to Auguste Rodin, the father of modern sculpture, "Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."  Obviously, Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and France's President Emmanuel Macron do not question the validity of having studied the humanities, including language, literature, and philosophy. 
     While learning languages, literature, and cultural and intellectual history (philosophy) might not appear to insure career success, it does cultivate many valuable skills of the mind. The accumulation of knowledge about human cultural traditions expands the mind’s horizon and fosters open-mindedness. This exposure to other cultures and ways of thinking encourages in turn critical and creative thinking, as one develops a keener awareness of other ways of living and thinking and heightened consciousness about one’s own life and assumptions. In short, by studying the humanities, one builds a mind, not a technocrat or a homo economicus; or better yet, the field molds the mind like a piece of artwork in the tradition of Rodin.
     As an instructor in the Honors College at TTU, I am teaching in the Fall ’18 semester two courses designed to foster these invaluable traits and skills: HONS 1301 “Paris and Its Revolutionary Ideas” and HONS 2406 “Integrated Science” a humanities driven introduction to  “thinking about science” along with Dean San Francisco, a microbiologist. 

 

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