Class of 2020 – Summer Reading

History Assignment

Over the summer you will complete a series of readings to prepare you for the work you will do in your Humanities classes at OSSM.  The purpose of these readings is to expand your understanding of the role that the Humanities can play in your STEM education and to encourage the development of the historical thinking skills that will be necessary to perform well in the fall semester.

“History and Knowing Who We Are” -David McCullough

Questions to think about:

  1. What does the author mean by claiming that “history is not static” and that “nobody ever lived in the past”? Do you agree?
  2. What point is McCullough trying to make in relating the story of John Fritz?
  3. Explain the statement, “Learning about history is an antidote to the hubris of the present”? How does he support this?  Define hubris in your own words.
  4. Explain in your own words the importance or non-importance of studying history. Is it truly an “expansion of being alive”?

Additional Readings

STEM vs the Humanities or Both

STEM and the Humanities

We Need More STEM Majors w/ Liberal Arts Training

STEM and The Humanities

STEM and the Humanities: A False Dichotomy

STEM Education Is Vital, but Not at the Expense of Humanities


Things to think about:

  1. How might your Humanities courses, especially history, contribute to your experience at OSSM?
  2. How might STEM and Humanities courses work well together at OSSM?


Dr. McCargish:   (405) 521-4610,

Professor Baxter:  (405) 522-7810,