As the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities I have recently been asked if the study of the arts and humanities is really a necessary component of today's college experience.
Can studying the arts and humanities - a core component of a liberal arts educational experience - truly help someone get a job as well as achieve a fulfilling and productive life in the broader sense?
Is active engagement in artistic and cultural opportunities and activities really valuable or relevant for students and citizens of our complex career-oriented 21st century?
My response to these questions is simple. Absolutely.
Today, perhaps more than ever before, experiencing and studying the arts and humanities remain at the heart of any truly well-rounded educational experience. In fact, many 21st-century employers as well as educational experts have indicated that the diverse knowledge, skills, talents, creativity, imagination, and spirit of innovation one receives from active engagement with the arts and humanities are essential for career and personal success in today's global society.
Through its diverse programs, the College of Arts and Humanities aims to provide students and other community members with countless opportunities to explore, understand, and better appreciate the diversity of human experience and expression.
We facilitate and nurture critical thinking, effective communication, successful problem-solving, life-long learning, and engaged citizenship. We also strive to help individuals develop skills and talents that will enrich their personal lives, their civic lives, and their careers.
To this end, the College of Arts and Humanities strives to achieve the following core values in our many diverse curricular and cultural programs and offerings:
I invite you to explore and discover more about that arts and humanities at UW-Parkside by visiting these links:
If you have any additional questions about the College of Arts and Humanities at UW-Parkside, I encourage you to contact me at 262.595.2188 or at Yohnk@uwp.edu. I would be happy to discuss the many diverse opportunities that exist for you here at UW-Parkside as you continue to explore the diversity of human experience and expression!
Dr. Dean Yohnk, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Professor of Theatre Arts