The Path from the Humanities to a Medical Career

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, as long as you meet medical school prerequisite course requirements, you can major in ANYTHING, including English, history, and philosophy, and still be a competitive candidate for medical school—and perhaps be more than competitive, since your application may stand out. Since medical schools are looking for candidates with well-rounded experiences able to demonstrate a range of competencies, it can be to your advantage to complete a humanities major alongside basic and advanced coursework required at competitive medical schools. And majoring in a humanities field often improves scoring on the MCAT and other exams.

DWC hosts Opening Reception for ‘Critical Making: A CRDM Exhibit’

On Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019, the Department of Writing and Communication (DWC), within NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS), held the inaugural gallery opening for “Critical Making: A CRDM Exhibit” in PVA Gallery 217. The event brought together graduate students in the M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) program, other interested students, alumni, and faculty from across CAHSS for an evening of celebration and critical making.

CAHSS Faculty and Students Have Research Film Accepted by The Journal of Video Ethnology

Eileen Smith-Cavros, Ph.D., faculty in the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies in NSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS), along with students conducted research in Mexico titled: “Mana Tee Lagoon: Yesterday and Today.” For two years, an interdisciplinary team traveled several times to a rural village in Veracruz, Mexico to collect data.

NSU Physician Assistant (PA) Fort Lauderdale Wins Ethics Bowl 2019 Competition

The ethics bowl competition of 2019, which was held on March 27, was a thrilling event. Over eleven ethics bowl teams from the NSU Health Professions Division competed. Two opposing teams were challenged with provocative questions about medical scenarios with ethical dilemmas.

CAHSS Faculty Comments in Sun-Sentinel, “Protecting life is not just a woman’s job”

Vicki Toscano, J.D., Ph.D., faculty in the Department of History and Political Science in NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS), shared her opinion in Viewpoints in the Sun-Sentinel on June 4, 2019.

CAHSS Faculty publish book, Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump: Images from Literature and Visual Arts

Barbara Brodman, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of History and Political Science (DHPS) and James Doan, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Literature and Modern Languages (DLML) in NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS), co-edited the book, Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump: Images from Literature and Visual Arts.

“Why Undergraduate Majors should be Abolished,” A CAHSS Intellectual Conversation

On January 24, 2019, Ben Mulvey, Ph.D., faculty in the Department of History and Political Science facilitated the conversation entitled, “Why Undergraduate Majors should be Abolished.”

Liberal arts education: Waste of money or practical investment? Study’s conclusions might surprise you.

When Erika Hagberg started college at Washington and Lee University, she thought she might want to be a doctor but quickly discarded that idea. She took journalism classes, business classes, music theory, history, calculus, economics, art history. “I had no idea what the hell I wanted to do with my life,” she said.

National Humanities Alliance

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is a nationwide coalition of organizations advocating for the humanities on campuses, in communities, and on Capitol Hill. Founded in 1981, NHA is supported by over 200 member organizations, including: colleges, universities, libraries, museums, cultural organizations, state humanities councils, and scholarly, professional, and higher education associations. It is the only organization that brings together the U.S. humanities community as a whole.

How A Degree In Scandinavian Mythology Can Land You A Job At One Of The Biggest Tech Companies by Lydia Dishman | Fast Company

Emma Williams had a major career eureka moment while she was working on a PhD in Scandinavian mythology. Williams, who is now the general manager of Bing Studios at Microsoft, had already pictured herself growing into a gray-haired professor in the halls of academia far from Silicon Valley. “I love this so much,” she recalls thinking, “but I don’t think it’s going to pay for my shoe collection.”

How humanities background could make you a better medical student by Brendan Murphy | American Medical Association

If medicine is both an art and a science, it makes sense that a strong arts background—or an undergraduate course of study in a liberal arts major—can help make a strong doctor. An essay, “How to Fix the Premedical Curriculum—Another Try,” published in JAMA, goes a step further.

Liberal Arts in the Data Age by JM Olejarz | Harvard Business Review

College students who major in the humanities always get asked a certain question. They’re asked it so often—and by so many people—that it should come printed on their diplomas. That question, posed by friends, career counselors, and family, is “What are you planning to do with your degree?” But it might as well be “What are the humanities good for?”

Why This Tech CEO Keeps Hiring Humanities Majors by Michael Litt | Fast Company

The push to teach kids coding and technology now extends even to Sesame Street. The venerable children’s show recently introduced a “STEM” (science, technology, engineering, and math) component to its programming, and even Grover is now learning about physics, coding, and the power of trial and error.

10 CEOs Who Prove Your Liberal Arts Degree Isn't Worthless by Jack Linshi | Time

Hearing a son or daughter say they're majoring in the liberal arts has never made more parents' hearts sink into their stomachs. STEM degrees appear atop nearly every 'best majors' list, President Barack Obama has made jabs at the usefulness of a humanities degree, and college dropouts have colonized the Fortune 500. So when unemployed English majors joke that no degree would be better than one in liberal arts—they might actually not be kidding.

In Defense Of The ‘Impractical’ English Major by Carolyn Gregoire | HuffPost

According to the radio show A Prairie Home Companion, upon graduating from college with a degree in English, there are only several career options that one is faced with: flip burgers, teach the literary canon to bored high school students, write press releases for pharmaceutical companies, or (if you’re lucky), work in radio.

The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business by Carolyn Gregoire | HuffPost

Dr. Damon Horowitz quit his technology job and got a Ph.D. in philosophy — and he thinks you should too.

Humanities research is groundbreaking, life-changing… and ignored by Gretchen Busl | The Guardian

Deep in the corridors of Stanford University’s English department, graduate student Jodie Archer developed a computer model that can predict New York Times bestsellers. Her soon-to-be published research landed her a top job with Apple iBooks and may revolutionize the publishing industry.

Humanities as Essential Services by Kirsten Ostherr | Inside Higher Ed

In times of crisis, when we face complex challenges like global pandemics, we need a collaborative response that transcends disciplinary boundaries and offers novel approaches to vexing problems. In the current moment, biologists, engineers and others in fields with established pipelines for translational research have sprung into action, working together to create life-saving diagnostics and therapeutics to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Historians Will See When They Look Back on the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020 by Audra D.S. Burch | New York Times

Sherri Denney was in the fourth day of quarantine in her home in Springboro, Ohio, when she thought about the toll the coronavirus was taking. She sat in her recliner chair and cried as the state’s governor checked off the number of dead and sickened, knowing there would be more the next day. Overwhelmed, Ms. Denney, 55, tried to put her feelings into words.

German Humanities Scholars' Unusual Role by David Matthews | Inside Higher Ed

In the struggle against the new coronavirus, humanities academics have entered the fray -- in Germany, at least. Arguably to a greater extent than has happened in Britain, France or the U.S., the country has enlisted the advice of philosophers, historians of science, theologians and jurists as it navigates the delicate ethical balancing act of reopening society while safeguarding the health of the public.

Science Alone Can’t Solve Covid-19. The Humanities Must Help. by Anna Magdalena Elsner & Vanessa Rampton | Undark

In recent months, world leaders have mobilized seemingly every technological resource at their disposal to stem the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence and scientific opinion have gained newfound respect; decision makers have arguably become better at listening to scientists and following their directives.

Science and the humanities in the time of pandemic: better together by Kathryn Conrad, Cóilín Parsons & Julie McCormick Weng | The Irish Times

In most of the world, expertise is making a comeback. We are placing our faith in healthcare professionals such as Dr Tony Holohan and Prof Philip Nolan to lead us through the current pandemic. In the US, where the ascent of experts is on shakier ground, Dr Anthony Fauci is the target of both immoderate adulation and inexplicable death threats.

How digital humanities can help in a pandemic by Celia Luterbacher | EPFL

With the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a race against the clock to implement science-based measures to protect society’s most vulnerable populations. Public engagement with data has never been more urgent, and as EPFL professor Robert West explains, digital humanities research has a key role to play.

Loss, Grief, and the Humanities in the Time of Pandemic | National Humanities Center

The COVID-19 virus and the social distancing response have led to extraordinary disruptions in shared public life: closed schools, shuttered businesses, mass unemployment, and overwhelmed hospitals. Lost lives and shattered dreams abound. Among the sorrows are losses or changes of ritual: canceled graduations, weddings, and book launches; Passover Seders and Easter services conducted remotely over the internet.