Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2013

Keywords

The Tuning Project, Higher education, Liberal Arts

Abstract

There is good reason to be concerned about the future of academic history and, more generally, the liberal arts. As increasing numbers of Americans seek higher education, colleges are under pressure to serve directly the vocational needs of students and businesses. Recent efforts to defend the liberal arts therefore emphasize the development of "transferable skills." A liberal education, advocates argue, prepares students for high-level jobs because it fosters critical thinking, analytical skills, and creativity. There is evidence that these skills may be developed more effectively in the liberal arts than in vocational fields.

Publication Title

Perspectives on History

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© 2013 American Historical Association

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Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Education, Higher--Political aspects--History; Education, Higher--Aims and objectives--United States; Universities and colleges--History

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articles

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Text

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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Language

English

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