Youth in preparing themselves for a place in the world and not sure of directions, enter colleges and universities and settle on arts and humanities courses. They learn in the first two years a variety of experiences they’ll need to forage ahead in a world they know little about. After perfecting their language and math skills, adding a second language, understanding history, speech making, museum going, and a variety of other experiences, the world won’t seem so large to them. In the first years college courses are only introductory and students can then pick and choose their course for the last years of college.
Not every student is in need of all that is taught in college but they often see it as a waste of time and effort. For them there are alternative studies. For these students who must earn a living quickly and who don’t have doting parents with lots of money to fall back on, business oriented classes exist. Their college experiences can be selective and more to the point of their careers. As an example, work oriented business schools address the problems of students who want shortcuts toward their career. Art, nursing, business and numerous other choices can be incorporated into basic arts and humanities.
Learning about art or picking up where primary school left off is important. These studies introduce students to what’s available in the arts and they can go as far in this direction as they so desire; after of course they take the other necessary arts and humanities courses necessary for graduation.
Writing is important and their skills learned in the earlier grades are put to tests in this new learning environment. Writers with special talents who want to use this medium begin with the basic courses and can direct their studies toward particular careers that demand professional writing skills.
History is touched upon in elementary school and in high school; college goes further and outlines history and puts events and cultures in perspective. The value of knowing what happened thousands of years ago is important to the future caring individual. History is an important aspect of the future as historians, writers of historical novels, philosophers and teachers well know.
Math, algebra, and other calculating skills are necessary when one is out in the business world trying to get ahead. In art, architecture, tax calculations, and just not getting cheated at the grocery store, makes math an important college subject. Putting two and two together does not come easy to lots of students and college often refreshes their basic early education studies.
Social studies prepare students to deal with a complicated world. In these studies college students learns about how the political systems works, how cultures vary from country to country, and how to talk intelligently to another person and how to gauge the worthiness or absurdity of what others believe and say.
Art and humanities studies are important and each facet of this large curriculum introductions to future possibilities. Each student must decide their future for themselves and the first two years of college is often the time when undecided futures are often planned.