ERIC Number: ED250224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May-21
Reference Count: 0
Humanities and Business: The Twain Shall Meet--But How?
Smith, Roger B.
Similarities and differences between business and the humanities are examined, and steps for improving the job possibilities of humanities students in the business world are proposed. People trained in the humanities will find many of their skills to be highly applicable in business careers. Studying the humanities provides students with a sense of perspective and an appreciation of creativity and helps them develop interpersonal skills and a respect for quality and excellence. But the humanities and business view the world in fundamentally different ways, specifically with regard to the nature of the community, the nature of their intellectual activity, their relationships with time, the nature of their goals and ideals, and the importance of innovation. Students who aspire to business careers must be made aware of the similarities and differences between humanistic and business values. To improve job placement, corporate human resource professionals and college placement counselors must be made aware of the differences between the two disciplines and learn about humanities majors who have successfully managed to apply their skills to the business world. (RM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Keynote address given at the Conference on the Humanities and Careers in Business (Evanston, IL, May 21, 1984).