October 21, 2020 at 5:14 pm

Why We Aren’t Zombies. What Makes Us Human?

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Zombies don’t care what happened yesterday, or even what’s on tap for tomorrow. But humans … we know that the past informs our future. We know that our voice influences today. And we dream that our efforts will change the future.

That’s why a broad liberal arts curriculum in the College of Arts & Sciences provides a heavy dose of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

So it might be Halloween, but we’re celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month. Give yourself a pat on the back, and pocket a few of these facts to boast to family and friends about your major.

"55% of world leaders hold degrees in the social sciences or humanities"

And undergraduate liberal arts and sciences graduates entering the technology workforce outpaced that of computer science and engineering majors by 10 percent from 2010 to 2013. (See “You Don’t Need to Know Code to Make It in Silicon Valley.”)

"74%" and businesspeople graphic

When defined for them, 74 percent of employers would recommend a liberal education to young people they know. (See AAC&U’s “It Takes More Than A Major.”)

"Fortune 1000 CEOs"

One third of Fortune 1000 CEOs have an arts and sciences undergraduate degree. (See “From College to Graduate to Chief Executive: A Closer Look at Education and the Fortune 1000 CEOs.”)

Get more facts and stories at Phi Beta Kappa’s National Arts & Sciences Initiative.

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