The importance of the humanities in educating a new generation of thinkers and innovators

The ran a column by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., on Friday, Oct. 4, on the importance of the humanities in higher education. Dr. Cigarroa serves on the American Academy Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, which was created at the request of congressional lawmakers. The commission recently issued a report called “The Heart of the Matter,” which hopes to advance the dialogue about how important the humanities and social sciences are to the future of our nation.

Read an excerpt from Chancellor Cigarroa's column below, and visit the to read his entire op-ed.

"As a physician, I applaud recent efforts to better prepare our students for entry into science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM fields. But as we increase awareness of STEM, we should not do so at the expense of humanities and social sciences. I firmly believe that an undergraduate curriculum should offer balanced exposure to the arts and sciences. We now live in a world where it is common for people to change jobs — and careers — multiple times in their lives, and students who want to successfully navigate a career in any field will need communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills."