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Why the tech industry needs liberal arts majors

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In a New York Times opinion piece, titled “To Write Beter Code, Read Virginia Woolf“, J. Bradford Hipps explains why musicians, artists and writers are desperately needed by the tech industry, also arguing that literature and other humanities should be studied early in one’s college career.

Hipps refutes popular arguments against the humanities by providing anecdotal evidence from his own experiences studying literature, learning to write code and collaborating with musicians who were able to overcome seemingly impossible coding projects by employing creative thinking learned through years of music composition.

He concludes his argument with a statement from the STEAM icon Steve Jobs; “Technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.” Well said.

Photograph of Steve Jobs looking up and to the right.Photograph of Virginia Woolf looking to the left.