Myth and the College Experience: Liberating Traditional thought
In the words of Joseph Campbell; "Why study myth?" "What does myth have to do with my life?” To this I will add, why study the arts? - what can the arts do for me in today’s competitive world? These are commonplace questions in our present day academic arena. To answer some of these questions, this paper will address the importance of integrating these archetypal studies into every aspect of what we (in America) now called "vocational learning". “Vocational learning” or specialization dominates American curriculums and the American learning environments. Our institutions have fallen victim to marketing trends who in turn, offer illusions of professional success through these “focused disciplines”. In response to those trends, American colleges and universities are now willing to offer short term goals in return for financial security. This thinking process has turned a traditional “well rounded” education into a needless waste of time and waste of money. Placing as many individuals into high paying marketplace positions is a measurement of an institution’s success. This raises a very crucial and serious ethical dilemma in today’s American educational arena. It prepares each student to enter into our globalized societies ill-equipped to critically evaluate, manage and adapt to the ever changing challenges of the future.
Keywords: Myth, Liberal Arts
Prof. Kenneth Kuzmich
Assistant Professor of Humanities, Department of Humanities, Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture