Why American Universities Should Offer Courses in Soft Skills
"The idea that soft skills has a place in American higher education is a new conversation that challenges traditional perspectives of whether hard measurable general education courses outweigh courses that train students in practical social skills. As both cultural and moral-based matters increase within society and the workplace, graduates will be required to navigate new terrain outside of the parameters of their general field of study.
Thus, graduates that are capable of leading diverse teams will have an advantage against colleagues who are solely adept in their areas of specialization. The Engineer who can display her capability to lead multinational teams across cultural lines will be poised to work for Boeing or Lockheed Martin. The same goes for the K-12 teacher with hopes to work for the Houston School District. Given the stakes, U.S. administrators should acknowledge these growing demands and tweak its existing general education curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to prepare our existing and future millennial workforces. "