Communication Skills, Liberal Arts, and Global Knowledge
Courses in Communication Skills, Liberal Arts, and Global Knowledge provide an unrivaled foundation of learning that ensures each student is a well-rounded graduate.
Ask a CEO of almost any organization, and he or she will tell you that the number one quality they look for when hiring candidates is not just business knowledge, but the ability to communicate effectively. Those who advance to senior management or leadership positions do so less because of their specialized knowledge and more because they possess outstanding language abilities in writing and speaking. While many business graduates receive no training in these vital skills, students at Hult receive practical skills training in research and writing, group communication, cross-cultural communication, and presentations. The results are impressive: Hult graduates are extremely well prepared in the “soft skills” of communication that will set them apart in their chosen professional environment and open doors to career advancement.
One of the key features of Hult’s undergraduate program is the opportunity it provides students to study a range of topics in the arts and sciences. These required courses give business students breadth of understanding and create wider contexts for their business studies. They also open the doors to future careers in specific sectors or types of organizations. Required Liberal Arts core courses happen in Years One and Two and include History & Society, Arts & Humanities, Ethics & Philosophy, and Science & Technology. In Years Three and Four, students are asked to pursue at least two advanced courses in any of the fields above in the Global Knowledge part of the curriculum.
Building on core courses in Liberal Arts, Global Knowledge courses, taken in Years Three and Four, span many subject areas and allow students to deepen their knowledge of particular disciplines and topics. There are three required courses and two electives. Required courses include a Foreign Language, a Regional Studies elective, and Global Citizenship. Languages offered vary. Students choose which Regional Studies elective they want to take. Each of these interdisciplinary courses expands the student’s knowledge of history, politics, and culture by looking in depth at a particular region of the world. The required seminar on Global Citizenship aims to raise students’ political awareness through debate and an examination of issues that may include human rights, the environment, conflict and security, globalization, sustainability and development, and global health. Finally, all students choose at least two Global Knowledge electives in any subject that interests them.
The list of options, drawn from across the arts and sciences, is long and exciting and includes, for example:
- Journalism & War
- Science & Religion
- Conflict Resolution
- Shakespeare and His World
- Documentary Film
- Theories of Identity
- History of Computing Technology
- Comparative Religion
- Mass Persuasion
- Gender & Popular Culture