ERIC Number: ED216763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Business and the Humanities.
Osborn, Frances P.
Business and Humanities are fields that have rarely appreciated each other. Humanists have tended to view business as narrow and one-dimensional, and business people have tended to view the humanities as idealistic and removed from the world. In order to combat these views and bring these fields closer together, Monroe Community College has developed a course entitled "Money in Literature," which emphasizes the importance of business in literature and everyday life. In this course, works of literature are considered from two points of view: first, from the standpoint of the traditional concerns of literature, such as character development and writing style; and, second, from the viewpoint of business concerns, such as the economic principles evidenced in the work. The course is team-taught by faculty members from the Business and English Departments and is listed within both departments, thus aiding in course recruitment and allowing students to fulfill requirements in a variety of areas. Through the examination of works, such as Clavell's "King Rat," from the perspectives of both disciplines, business students are taught the importance of liberal arts content to speaking, writing, and decision-making skills; and humanities students are made aware of the structure and vocabulary of the business world. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Monroe Community College NY
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (62nd, St. Louis, MO, April 4-7, 1982).