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The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with 
Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education


Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) and other divisions and units within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine embark on new projects aimed at improving the understanding and application of science, engineering and medicine toward the social, economic and cultural well-being of the nation and planet, we believe it is critical to work with partners in the arts and humanities for their input and engagement.

While our focus is on developing policy recommendations that improve science, engineering and health education and training in our nation’s colleges and universities, a broader goal is to enable all citizens to have enriching and meaningful lives. As such, we believe that more effective integration of educational experiences in all disciplines—particularly in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and medicine—will benefit all of our nation’s citizens. 

December 2, 2015 workshop in Washington, DC, hosted by BHEW, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and attended by more than 110 scientists, engineers, artists, humanists, educators, policymakers and industry executives was the initial step in this effort. This project significantly builds on that workshop with joint support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree is now available to download on the National Academies Press website. You may also request to purchase a hard copy of this report.

 Report Highlights available here.


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Why is integrating the arts, humanities and STEM important in today’s world?

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University Affairs
The arts and sciences: branches from the same tree
Universities can create intentional, integrative learning opportunities without disrupting the rigour of academic disciplines. Read More                                                                                                                                                                                
Inside Higher Ed
Escaping Westworld
In the future, we won't be able to sidestep the ethical and policy issues linked to the use of technology, writes Lynn Pasquerella, so we must confront the question of how we best prepare students for it. Read More                                                           

San Francisco Chronicle

Want to solve the world's problems? Try working together across disciplines
The world's problems certainly didn't take a break this summer, and we know that successfully addressing them depends on a mindset much broader than any one discipline can offer. Our strategy is to cultivate a way of thinking that blends insights from multiple perspectives. Read more 


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