Document Type


Publication Date

January 2007

Publication Title

Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table


general education curricula; specialization in American education


Arts and Humanities | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Liberal Studies


This paper seeks to explain the epistemological bases for the two cultures and to show why this disciplinary divide continues to plague American academic culture. Next, we discuss strategies for bridging the two cultures through general education curricula which promote mutual understanding of the two cultures while educating students in basic skills. Evidence is presented which shows the efficacy of these integrative, interdisciplinary curricula. In conclusion, we briefly mention some collaborative research efforts which indicate the enduring effects that such an education may have.