When I ask what the issue is, they are saying they got here to Stevens for engineering, computer science, physics, pre-med, finance, digital music manufacturing, etc. They don’t see the point of studying all this old impractical stuff that has nothing to do with their careers. When I ask them to guess why Stevens inflicts this course on them, someone often says, smirking, To make us well-rounded. The Cartesian Coordinate System, developed by Renaissance thinker René Descartes, is a direct product of liberal arts. Not since its birth in the late nineteenth century has social science been faced with such a massive alternative. Medical, engineering, and agricultural faculties have long pioneered the movement of basic data along two tracks.
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