The Round Table “Liberal Arts Major Today and Tomorrow”

The event took place in school #2095 (Pokrovsky Kvartal)  on April 11, 2017, organized with the support of the Institute of Extended Education. The participants were RSUH faculty, high school students and their parents.


The students were informed about perspectives of liberal arts education, what majors were and would be in demand and what professions would enjoy high social status. 

The Table was moderated by Dr. Basovskaya, specialist in international relations of the Western Europe of the 12-15th centuries, author of a number of books, TV host. 

Dr. Basovskaya spoke of the uniqueness of RSUH in the past and present yet conceded that nowadays the technical segment was considered prevalent by many with the liberal arts being regarded as “too easy”, and therefore “not real”. Yet, continued the Professor, the social responsibility of humanities was enormous. First of all, humanities were concerned with changing humanity, improving our morals and responsibility in the age of the internet and nuclear weapons. 


Another thing is that many people think, continued Dr. Basovskaya, that liberal arts graduates don’t earn as much as they’d like to, yet many leading analysts in big companies are former RSUH students. We need to understand that a liberal arts education makes your brain flexible and capable of acquiring any kind of additional professional knowledge. 

Dr. Abaev, Chair of the Department of Marketing and Advertising, said in his speech that man was becoming the most valued asset of civilization, both in the economic and social fields, which makes liberal arts knowledge crucial for the next iteration of humankind. It will, in our increasingly interconnected world, serve to bring nations together, to make us all better, to integrate us all into a newly reevaluated role that man will play in the future. 


Dr. Svanidze, Director of the Institute of Mass Media, said that since time immemorial very little had changed in human relations.  There is not a single scientist who knows all aspects of their field yet a liberal arts specialist, an historian, say, has a comprehensive idea of all that refers to his or her specialization, making such people capable of drawing strategic conclusions.  Most people who hold the key positions in the country, starting with the President, are liberal arts majors. This education develops a certain culture of thought, a philosophical disposition that can be applied to all issues that humanity has to deal with. 


Dr. Logunov, Dean of the School of History, Political Science and Law, Chair of two RSUH Departments, spoke of the institute of family as something that had reflected all traditions and perturbations of the human society. He also stressed the importance of creating a so-called humanitarian testing that should be concerned with forecasting any kind of psychological change for any segment of society and ways to cushion and neutralize this kind of impact. Dr. Logunov also expounded upon the importance of an ability to create Internet texts. He concluded his speech, saying that RSUH responded to the challenges of modern educational field by its inter-disciplinarity. 


Dr. Tyupa, editor-in-chief of the “Novy Filologichesky Vestnik”, said that a contemporary student of humanities was a keeper of culture, who knows how to tread the path between isolationism and culture relinquishing. He went on to say that specialists in literature were able to professionally work with texts as hypercomplex objects and that can open new doors for the theory and practice of communication. 


Dr. Andreev, a specialist in document studies and technotronic archives, said that studying humanities allowed the students to build a broad all-purpose foundation that would later in life support any professional superstructure one would choose to pursue. An archive specialist is a thought-after person by any company, and it is a profession that incorporates a number of others, from creation and organization of an archive to exhibiting its items and documents to the public. 


Dr. Soboleva, a specialist in social psychology and psychology of law, talked about demand for psychologists in big business and how specialists of this kind were shaped at RSUH. She spoke of research psychology, business testing and psychodiagnostics. 


Dr. Arkhipova, Vice Rector for Continuing Education, recapitulated what her colleagues had said and then added that an expert in humanities was capable of extrapolating the long-gone events and their effects upon contemporary times and make comprehensive and correct conclusions.  Such specialists know how to evaluate the dynamics of the world around them. 


The Table ended with a discussion that proved that the listeners had received full and objective information on the role that a modern liberal arts major could play in society, education, career, etc.



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