In C.P. Snow’s Two cultures, the humanities and sciences are compared and contrasted in the realm of the 20th and 21st centuries. His literary style clearly seems to favor the sciences, and the importance of historical research and literature are often left in the shadows. To bridge the sciences and humanities, it is crucial to create a core educational curriculum that conveys the importance of a hybrid relationship between scientific progress and historical knowledge. To pave the way for a bright future, one must know the mistakes of the past.

In the large educational institutions of the 21st Century, STEM subjects are emphasized more than the arts. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics have a ‘higher’ reputation in society than the arts due to the wealth and status it brings to individuals. In public universities and colleges, the science and engineering programs on the campuses are far more abundant in resources in comparison to the departments within the arts. This false stigma and bias must be wiped from society in order to form a bridge between C.P. Snow’s two cultures, science and the arts. Literature and history need more funding, and the professions comprised within these two subject must be seen as an equivalent to those of science.

In order to visualize a society that implements these ideas, it is imperative to look at the techniques of liberal arts colleges such as Colby. State universities differ substantially from liberal arts colleges. First, the sheer size of the institutions are vastly different; moreover, the small, diverse nature of a school such as Colby benefits students and teachers with a more discussion based curriculum. Next, liberal arts colleges emphasizes a diverse set of courses. Literature and art requirements are needed for graduation, and the knowledge of professors in these requirement courses often influence the decisions of students regarding majors and minors. Colby does not only recognize the need for a strong science and technology program. Literature and the arts are crucial for a well-rounded student.

Clearly, a bridge between these two cultures will benefit human society in many ways. However, with the false stigmas associated with the arts, it will be incredibly difficult to change society’s approach on education.