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Collaborative work is a hallmark of the LAMP curriculum
Collaborative work is a hallmark of the LAMP curriculum

New Liberal Arts and Management Program melds the best of business and humanities

Quick: What would Apple-cofounder Steve Jobs recommend? Study a specific profession or study the liberal arts?

Answer: Why not both?

Or in the words of Mr. Jobs: “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”

That’s the philosophy behind a new certificate program from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in cooperation with the IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI.

Called the Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP) and modeled after a long-successful program of the same name at IU Bloomington, LAMP is designed to put its graduates on the fast track to leadership and management roles.

Program planners said that LAMP students will get to challenge the status quo, explore multiple perspectives, boost their credentials, and prepare to become great leaders.

“LAMP provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate how important a liberal arts education is to students in the twenty-first century,” said Kristy Horn-Sheeler, associate dean for academic programs in the School of Liberal Arts and communication studies professor. “A liberal arts major provides the opportunity to think critically, adapt, solve problems, and communicate. When coupled with business/management coursework, these graduates will be unstoppable.”

Sheeler said that liberal arts skills such as communication and problem solving, coupled with marketing, business, data analysis, and management, can increase employment and advancement opportunities for liberal arts students. Alongside their undergraduate major, students who earn the LAMP certificate are better prepared for the modern workforce.

“It’s interesting that when many business leaders describe the people they wish to hire, they cite the qualities of a liberal arts education rather than training in a specific field,” said Professor David Biven, professor of economics and LAMP’s program director. “That suggests that it is not so much the specific things that students learned at school but rather the culture of addressing problems and thinking about broader issues.”

The LAMP certificate will require 29 credit hours in economics courses; seminars focused on business and humanities, analytical problem solving, and liberal arts and management; and business courses in commercial law, career planning for non-business majors, and introduction to operations management, among others.

“Liberal Arts majors are very popular with a number of business people,” said Biven. “The program is designed to give them specific knowledge that will make them more valuable employees coming out of the gate.”

The program is open to first- or second-year undergraduate liberal arts majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. To declare for the certificate, students can talk with their advisor or visit the Office of Student Affairs (CA 401) and complete the required paperwork. For more information, visit the program’s website or direct questions to Professor David Biven.