There is an interesting conversation on what the new liberal arts should be on the Snarkmarket blog.
It’s 2009. A generation of digital natives is careening towards college. The economy is rebooting itself weekly. We have new responsibilities now — as employees, citizens, and friends — and we have new capabilities, too. The new liberal arts equip us for a world like this. But… what are they?
I would suggest that three disciplines are of paramount importance:
- Economics, the study of resource management, from home economics to global financial markets.
- Algorithmics, the study of process, causality, and complex systems, including modelling, forecasting, and optimisation.
- Politics, the art of communication, compromise, instigation, and implementation in the context of group dynamics.