Archive for March, 2011


Humanities is a good choice

In my readings today, I came across this great article on the value of a humanities degree in developing innovation. In summary, the author calls out how the various humanities provide a great foundation to understanding business. This is close to my heart as my degree is a double major of computer studies and philosophy.  “Philosophy?!?” is the usual response to the description of my degree.

Wikipedia’s definition of philosophy is “the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language”. That sounds a lot like programming to me. In both philosophy and programming the plan is to examine the world and model that using some narrowly defined language.

When I started down the path of philosophy, one of my fellow students, and a philosophy major, read a study in a philosophy journal that found more philosophy majors made to to the executive level of companies than business majors. The reasoning behind this fact, if I recall correctly, was the philosophy (humanities) student had a better ability to reason about problems.

So, if you need someone to step back and look at the bigger picture and come up with an innovative solution, hire a humanities student.

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