Humanities Have A Place, Even At Caltech

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

When Christina Kondos receives her bachelor's degree at Caltech's commencement Friday, she will represent a tiny and little-known minority at the prestigious science and engineering campus in Pasadena.

Kondos is the only one in her graduating class of 247 to have majored in humanities or social sciences — economics and history in her case — without double-majoring in science, math or engineering.

Since 2008, only a dozen Caltech students have done the same, and they received bachelor of science degrees because Caltech doesn't offer a bachelor of arts, campus officials said.

Science, of course, rules at Caltech, but it doesn't eliminate the likes of James Joyce or Immanuel Kant.

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