By Ross Van Ness, Ed.D., Prof. Emeritus, Ball State University
Consider the effect that the content of basic college classes can have on a person who has never opened themselves to academic knowledge. English literature brings exposure to the great ideas, thought, experiences, and descriptions of human experience; psychology opens the world of how the mind controls our actions; sociology brings insight into how humans interact; anthropology explores origins, customs, and cultures of the human species; history describes not only what has transpired, but the effects past events have had on our present living. Math and science bring understanding of the physical world, numeric relationships, operating systems in nature, and the bases for today’s digital devices. Art and music develop an appreciation for beauty and aesthetics.