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If history has taught us anything, explains James Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association, it is that we need more history majors.  In his May 2016 op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Grossman uses recent employer data to demonstrate how the narrative that history majors are too-often unemployed or underpaid is simply not true.  He also makes a compelling argument for why the skills taught in humanities disciplines, such as history, are essential for employers seeking future leaders: "historical thinking prepares one for leadership because history is about change — envisioning it, planning for it, making it last."  Stevenson's Public History program helps students develop these leadership skills through extensive fieldwork, experiential learning, and internship opportunities at sites such as the Smithsonian Museum and Library of Congress.  If you want to make a difference in the future, consider learning more about the past.

In  the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! Aunt Eller tries to bring harmony to the state by singing about how "the farmer and the cowman should be friends."  She points out how they can accomplish much more by working together than by competing or working at cross-purposes.

The same is true for the Humanities and STEM disciplines, explains David H. Bailey in The Huffington Post.  Writing from the perspective of a scientist, Bailey argues that "the skills typically taught in arts and the humanities are exactly those required for combining artistic design with engineering excellence."  Scientists and humanists not only can learn from one another.  We must learn from one another.  To that end, then, perhaps we might think about how a minor in Philosophy could fit with a major in Environmental Science or how a major in English could benefit from a minor in Information Systems.  The possibilities are endless!

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