The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree

This study examined an important trend in higher education: efforts to
return to—or in some cases to preserve—a more integrative model of higher education that proponents argue will better prepare students for work, life, and citizenship. This integrative model intentionally seeks to bridge the knowledge, modes of inquiry, and pedagogies from multiple disciplines— the humanities, arts, sciences, engineering, technology, mathematics, and medicine—within the context of a single course or program of study. In such a model, professors help students to make the connections between these disciplines in an effort to enrich and improve learning. A diverse array of colleges and universities now offer students integrative courses and programs, and many faculty are enthusiastic advocates for this educational approach. But this movement in higher education raises an important question: what is the impact of these curricular approaches on students?

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