Thursday, June 20, 2013

Marquette University offers our AIM students much more than a speciality finance program

While Marquette's finance program was recent ranked by U.S. News as the 17th best finance program in the nation, we offer our students many opportunities to explore a rich liberal arts curriculum. 

We provide our students the chance to live, study and play in the heart of a dynamic city; nationally known programs and powerhouse faculty; a Catholic, Jesuit tradition that emphasizes ethics and lifelong values. For more than 130 years, we have inspired students to Be The Difference in their professional and personal lives.  
While the AIM program provides a rigorous academic experience, Marquette is recognized for challenging students to grow intellectually, socially and spiritually. Our demanding core curriculum is grounded in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. This liberal arts core, coupled with the intense study of finance, provides AIM students with the balance of knowledge they need to succeed as a professional - and a person.

At Marquette our AIM program graduates are more than specially trained financial experts. We encourage creativity, something experts say is missing in most educational programs. In one of the most highly viewed Ted talksSir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. 

In the embedded video below, Robinson challenges the way we're educating our youth. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. It is less than 20 minutes long and is an outstanding and thought-provoking talk - and it reaffirms the need to provide a well-rounded education experience that encourages innovation and creativity. 

A workforce lacking robust a humanities and social science education could be just as detrimental to the country’s future economic competitiveness as one deficient in science and technological expertise, according to an American Academy of Arts and Sciences report released in June 2013.
“The Heart of the Matter” aims to highlight the importance of humanities and social sciences to the country’s economic future and urges Americans to value a well-rounded education. The findings are the social science community’s answer to a 2007 report that pushed the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education into the national spotlight.
As China, Singapore and several European nations are boosting the humanities as “a stimulus to innovation and a source of social cohesion — we are instead narrowing our focus and abandoning our sense of what education has been and should continue to be — our sense of what makes America great,” the report says.
So within the AIM program we will continue to seek a balance between the quantitative and qualitative - between the math and the humanities - between the science and the art. We want our students to be well rounded and to move forward and Be the Difference.