ERIC Number: ED262724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Communicating the Value of the Humanities.
Brown, Peggy Ann, Ed.
Forum for Liberal Education, v8 n1 Oct 1985
Humanities programs at selected colleges are described, and the value of emphasizing subject matter in humanities programs is discussed in an article by Richard Ekman, "A Plea for Practical Idealism." The most effective programs encourage students to respect subject matter, engage important questions, and search for answers to the questions. The following college approaches are described: a value-centered curriculum involving seminars and faculty development, Saint Anselm College; the Western civilization program and multidisciplinary studies, Dominican College of San Rafael; promotion of interdisciplinary studies for faculty and students by the Humanities Council, New York University; and internationalizing the curriculum to integrate humanities perspectives, Johnson County Community College. Programs of additional colleges are described that concern: modern culture's roots, the origins of humanities, the impact of science on literature, the Renaissance, integrating Jewish and Western Studies, the history of Western Civilization, disciplinary views of human nature, integrative humanities approach for freshmen, promoting humanities with media sources, and the Spanish-speaking world. A 21-item annotated bibliography on resource publications is included. (SW)
Descriptors: College Programs, Course Descriptions, Cultural Education, Higher Education, Humanities Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, International Education, Values Education, Western Civilization
Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.