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The Power of an Integrated Business and Liberal Arts Curriculum: Students Need Multidisciplinary Skill Sets to Succeed in Modern Life and Workplaces

Magazine article University Business

The Power of an Integrated Business and Liberal Arts Curriculum: Students Need Multidisciplinary Skill Sets to Succeed in Modern Life and Workplaces

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What's more important in higher education: preparing for a profession or attaining a well-rounded liberal arts education?

The answer is that in today's world both are critical.

The cost of a higher education is high and the workplace demands not only the capacity for critical thinking associated with liberal arts, but new skills like "design thinking" and technological sophistication. We no longer live in a world where the liberal arts and professional education are separate paths to success. Current conditions demand a new approach that draws on the best of both.

Employment trends indicate that employers are less willing to train for entry-level positions, and they expect graduates to be well-prepared for the workplace from the beginning.

A fresh IDEA

The world is not divided by academic discipline. We must innovate our education models to better prepare world-ready students for success.

The entire curriculum must focus on the development of critical thinking, and of verbal and writing skills. Students must also learn the lessons history can provide, and learn to appreciate other cultures from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

In addition, personal and professional success will require the development of essential elements of character as well as the qualities required to be an innovative problem-solver: creativity and curiosity, collaboration, integrative thinking, connectivity, and perseverance and grit.

Bryant University's immersive, 56-hour IDEA program (Innovation and Design Experience for All) was introduced five years ago as a design-thinking boot camp for all first-year students. Over time, IDEA has been refined by a team of faculty from disciplines in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business. It is now a cornerstone of Bryant's innovative approach to creating an integrated liberal arts and business curriculum. …

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