College of Arts and Humanities
Illustrating or Telling the Story of STEM
Various programs in the arts and humanities help illustrate or tell the story of STEM:
- We have faculty expertise in Mass Communication and Journalism that document and report on STEM-related topics such as environmental issues.
- Students in Art and Design create artwork that adds perspective and varying illustrative dimensions of biological, kinesthetic, and environmental issues.
- Courses in Communication and Philosophy study the rhetorical and ethical considerations of scientific and health-related breakthroughs and processes.
- Linguists collect, analyze, and codify language.
- Creative writers have been recognized as being among the first in society to imagine and write about spaceflight, digital technology that can be held in the palm of one’s hand, and cloning.
Turning STEM Education into STEAM Education
There's a new national movement aiming to add an A--as in arts--into the STEM plan, thus turning STEM education into STEAM education.
Emerging as the leader of the initiative is the Rhode Island School of Design [RISD]. Babette Allina, RISD's Director of Government Relations said:
We believe providing the skills that art and design give students will prepare them for the workforce and for career opportunities that haven't been defined yet. Frankly, it's the kind of creativity that is also inherent in the scientists that lead to innovation. If you look at a really creative scientist and a really creative artist, they share a lot of similar characteristics of how they approach problem solving.
Artists and designers humanize technology, making it understandable and capable of bringing about societal change. The tools and methods of a studio-based education offer new models for creative problem solving, flexible thinking and risk-taking that are needed in today’s complex and dynamic world.
Dean Jose A. Diaz