HUMS 116, Contexts of College Education
College is a crucial institution in which our society works through its expectations for young people. This course of 13 lectures in the spring semester explores some of the social and intellectual factors that shape college education today, including debates about the curriculum, career preparation, the cost of higher education, and the relationship of college education to social class. Readings from recent writers and memoirists on education including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Andrew Delbanco, Ross Douthat, J. D. Vance, and Tara Westover, as well as some more technical writings on economics and sociology. In-person lectures will also be recorded and available for remote enrollment. Those who are able to do so should attend the in-person lectures. Appropriate for first-year students and sophomores.
Intended for first-year students and sophomores.