Is the Unidisciplinary College Major in Danger of Going the Way of Netscape, AOL, Myspace, Blockbuster, and the Blackberry?
25 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2013
Date Written: March 16, 2013
This paper explores some of the problems of offering a unidisciplinary major in a world where disciplines and technology are converging. The rules of the education game are being changed by MOOCs, company-administered classes, and certificate programs. A question being asked is why pay as much as $100,000 for an education when much -- if not all -- the knowledge one needs is available for free on the Internet. What is the value-added of a college degree offered in a classroom? Moreover, a unidisciplinary approach taught by a professor who suffers from the rigidity of disciplinary elitism is exactly the wrong way to go in the Knowledge and Internet age. In the paper, the authors assess unidisciplinary education, examine the weaknesses of the academic structure, discuss the desired outcomes from education, and examine the importance of interdisciplinary education.
Keywords: interdisciplinary majors, double majors, higher education, creativity, adaptability, intellectual virtues
JEL Classification: A22, I20, I21
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