Tuesday, January 26, 2016

21st century careers for humanities majors

Students enrolled in our public history and digital history courses will recognize some of the themes from "Feeding English Majors in the 21st Century" except substitute history major for English major.

From the article:
"Students also recognized the need to develop digital skills in order to succeed in the 21st century. A class visit from a digital humanist caused more than a few students to admit their own technophobia, derived in part from their fear that the digital world will replace the printed words that they hold dear. In the discussion that ensued, one student said she had come to realize that — just as film adaptations can complement rather than supersede their literary predecessors — digital skills can coexist with other forms of literacy.

An assigned article from Forbes, "That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket," drove home the point that if students have learned to connect diverse texts and traditions, they very likely have developed the skills needed to be liaisons between software creators and end users. In short, the course bridged a particular form of the digital divide for some English majors."

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