Sending the Humanities to us
In Continuing Education, Growing Interest in Humanities
Other continuing education programs around the nation have noticed a similarly strong interest in their arts and humanities courses. This growth comes amid a vigorous debate in the broader world of education about whether courses and material should be tied more tightly to the job market. Training more engineers and technicians is a constant refrain.
Some educators worry that the single-minded focus on economic benefits comes at the expense of the arts and humanities, however. The number of undergraduates who major in these areas tends to dip during recessions, as practical concerns about postgraduation employment loom larger.
A result has been that the humanities, once the centerpiece of the college experience, have been increasingly pushed to justify their existence.
Robust enrollments aside, the same conversation about the role of the arts and humanities preoccupies the world of continuing education.