Best of Both Worlds: Video Transcript

Chris Makaroff, PhD [Dean and Professor of Chemistry, College of Arts and Science, Miami University]: Miami University's College of Arts and Science is the largest division at the university. We have majors ranging from anthropology to zoology and everything in between: the physical and the biological sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.

In a liberal arts education, students gain a wide range of transferable skills, including both written and verbal communication, how to work as a team, and I would say probably most important, how to analyze information and data to actually pose a question and then figure out how to solve that question and apply that knowledge to real-world problems.

Jobs today aren't the same as jobs were 5 or 10 years ago. The problems are different, the technology is different. You have to be able to adapt, to evolve, and actually be able to assimilate new information and apply that information to an ever-changing work environment.

The College of Arts and Science at Miami provides the best of both worlds. We're a university that's large enough that you're going to find all the resources available at a larger research institution, but with the focus on undergraduates. It's the undergraduates who get to work side-by-side with faculty and gain real-world experiences.

We try to focus not only on techniques, but it's those transferable skills that we like to give our students so that they're able to adjust and adapt to the changing workforce, because what is current today is going to be out of date tomorrow.

If you've got a passion for learning, want to engage with your faculty, there's numerous opportunities for students to be successful. I encourage you to learn more about what we have to offer in the College of Arts and Science.

[March 2019]