Business Students Should Take Liberal Arts – FINAL PAPER

FINAL PAPER PROPOSAL WORKSHEET

The Goal of This Assignment
• The objective of the Final Paper Proposal is to begin thinking seriously about what you’ll say in your final paper.
• THIS step will NOT look like a “traditional” paper.
• However, every step AFTER this one (the draft in Module 5, and then the final paper in Module 7) WILL look like traditional papers
• After you turn this assignment in, I’ll offer my comments. You’ll use your proposal and my comments to write your draft in Week 5. I’ll comment on that, too. After that, you’ll use your draft and my comments to write your Final Argument Paper in week 7.
Overall Directions
• Complete the following worksheet.
• BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR EACH STEP!
• Save this Word file on your computer
• Then, upload and submit for the Module 3 “Final Paper Proposal Worksheet”
• The assignment should be submitted as an attachment to this assignment as a Microsoft Word file.
• The assignment is due by the end of Learning Module 3

Step One:
Directions: Use the designated box below to state briefly which final paper topic you’re choosing.
Here are the final paper topic options.
1. The liberal arts include (but are not limited to) philosophy, literature, theater and history. Each of these disciplines, when studied rigorously, explore the nature of human behavior and decision making, logic and argument, cultural difference and sharpen the students ability to write and communicate. They have little to say about the current trends and strategies associated with business and industry. Should business students be required to study the liberal arts or should their time be spent studying current business trends and strategies exclusively?

I have chosen the following topic:

Business student and liberal arts courses.

Step Two (1 point):

Directions: State your “conclusion.” In other words, state what you think your overall answer to the discussion question will be.

Your conclusion should be 1 sentence long.

For example:

If you chose Paper Topic 1, a conclusion might look like this: “Business students should be required to take liberal arts classes.”

My Conclusion:

“Business students should be required to study liberal arts.”

Step Three (8 points):

Directions: State four “premises” that you will use to support and prove your “conclusion.”

Remember, “premises” are supporting reasons that should prove your conclusion is true.

GO INTO DETAIL to explain each separate “premise” or supporting reason. Give LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF DETAIL about each separate “premise.” Each premise should be explained in about 4-5 full sentences.

REMEMBER: Your premises should be:

1. “Valid.’ In other words, they should be relevant to proving your conclusion. Ask yourself, “Does this supporting reason actually help prove the point I’m trying to make? How so?”
2. “True.” In other words, your premises should actually be true. They should be grounded in reality.

Premise 1:
Need to be able to communicate effectively through writing and critical thinking

Premise 2:
Need to understand human behavior and human behavior/interaction in the workplace

Premise 3:
Because technically skills can become learned while on the job

Premise 4:
Develops leadership skills and ability to make ethical decisions

FINAL PAPER OUTLINE

Directions:

For this assignment, you MUST use and build on the Final Paper Proposal Worksheet from Module 3. See my notes, comments, and suggestions on that assignment, which I returned to you already.

You will use your Module 3 worksheet—and my comments on it—to complete this final paper outline.

But throughout your outline, ALSO be sure to integrate your two outside sources that you found too! (You summarized those sources in that Final Paper Proposal Worksheet.)

Using the boxes below, create the outline of what your Final Paper draft will look like. YOU WILL USE THIS OUTLINE TO ACTUALLY WRITE OUT YOUR FINAL PAPER IN MODULE 7.

Introduction Paragraph: Write 4-5 sentences about why the topic matters. (1 point)

Then, in one sentence, STATE YOUR CONCLUSION. See your Module 3 Final Paper Proposal Worksheet for your conclusion.

(Your conclusion is your paper’s “thesis statement” in this introduction paragraph.)

In previous years, an education in liberal arts was the chosen background of higher education however in more recent years, they have almost been non-existent. Since the financial crisis of 2008, many people have chosen a higher education in business or business related fields that could help them land a well-paying job. This discussion over an education in humanities versus one in business has been around for more than 100 years but it is now in the 21st century that the tide has now shifted again.

That is why I will show why it is not only important but also relevant that business students be required to study liberal arts courses in

Body Paragraph 1: State Premise 1. Explain that premise in detail, all in about 5 sentences. See your Final Paper Proposal Worksheet for Premise 1. (1.5 points)

If relevant, incorporate one of your two outside sources.

One’s ability to communicate effectively through writing and critical thinking will set them apart from other individuals. The rigorous skills that are learned through a liberal arts program will not only enhance a student’s ability to communicate but also allow them to become great problem solvers who can think for themselves.

Body Paragraph 2: State Premise 2. Explain that premise in detail, all in about 5 sentences. See your Final Paper Proposal Worksheet for Premise 2. (1.5 points)

If relevant, incorporate one of your two outside sources.

Body Paragraph 3: State Premise 3. Explain that premise in detail, all in about 5 sentences. See your
Final Paper Proposal Worksheet for Premise 3. (1.5 points)

If relevant, incorporate one of your two outside sources.

Technical skills can be learned while on the job and therefore, businesses are no longer seeking the graduate with just an education in STEM. Yes, science, technology, education and math are good, marketable attributes but, it is the liberal arts student that can understand, disseminate and find solutions to the real world problems and issues we see today.

Body Paragraph 4: State Premise 4. Explain that premise in detail, all in about 5 sentences. See your Final Paper Proposal Worksheet for Premise 4. (1.5 points)

If relevant, incorporate one of your two outside sources.

Studying the liberal arts not only creates effective critical thinkers but it promotes ethical and moral character as the basic building blocks of education. There is a broader need for

OBJECTION to your position. In other words, how might someone disagree with you? What would their counter-argument be? Explain this in about 5 sentences. (1 point)

One can make a lot of money by having an education in business. The popularity of the STEM field has grown vastly over the last decade and the

REPLY TO OBJECTION. Explain why your position on this issue is still the correct one. How do you respond to that objection and defend your own view? (1 point)

If relevant, incorporate one of your two outside sources.

An education in STEM can help graduates land a lucrative job but not having the critical thinking and problem solving skills to keep that job is key.

Conclusion paragraph in 4-5 sentences (1 point)

Therefore, business students who study liberal arts courses will not only have better