Developing the Humanities Competencies of STEM Undergraduate Students: New Challenges for Korean Higher Education

  • Byung Shik Rhee
Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)


The humanities, long estranged from STEM education, recently have gained the spotlight in Korea. As a background, this chapter briefly describes key features of Korean STEM higher education and the dominant conceptions of what it means to have a good grounding in the humanities. Using data drawn from STEM undergraduates enrolled in one of the leading science & technology universities in the nation, the author explores STEM students’ humanities competencies, how they change over time during college, and what collegiate factors influence them. This chapter offers some interesting findings, including a moderate level of humanities competency, U-shaped change over time, and strong collegiate influences. It concludes with a discussion on the new challenges encountered in efforts to make the humanities a larger part of STEM higher education.


Humanities competency Development STEM undergraduates 


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  • Byung Shik Rhee
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  1. 1.Yonsei UniversitySeoulKorea

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