As a philosophy major (C- GPA!), I found this Feb. NY Times article to be interesting: In Tough Times, the Humanities Must Justify Their Worth.
I think my BA helped prepare me for life in some significant ways. OTOH, I think my alma mater, St. Thomas, failed to make explicit how, both when it came to a career and my life as a citizen. It wasn’t until I read What Color is Your Parachute? in 1972 that I came to understand that I was well-equipped to create meaningful and satisfying jobs and careers for myself throughout my life. And it wasn’t until I went to work for Utne Reader in 1990 that I realized I was well-equipped to contribute as a citizen. (continued)
So I’d have to agree with Richard Freeland, the Massachusetts commissioner of higher education, quoted in the article:
But what we haven’t paid a lot of attention to is how students can put those abilities effectively to use in the world. We’ve created a disjunction between the liberal arts and sciences and our role as citizens and professionals.
Are our Northfield colleges doing this?