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Mathematics provides both tangible and intangible benefits to society as a whole. The ideas, techniques, and methodologies of the field are essential to many other disciplines and a broad range of enterprises. Continued advancements in areas such as telecommunications, finance, medicine, basic science, economics, and political science require a solid foundation in mathematics acquired via courses taught at colleges and universities In addition, the intangible skills associated with problem solving, critical thinking, and abstraction are crucial to the development of versatile citizens prepared for rapid changes occurring in society. Students of mathematics learn how to weave together ideas from a variety of disciplines and are not intimidated by the diverse scope of data and information they encounter.
The study of mathematics also provides great value to students who pursue majors other than mathematics. Relatively few entry-level, post-baccalaureate jobs specifically require a mathematics degree. Rather, many positions require analytical, data management, problem solving, and technical communication skills, along with the ability to both generalize and integrate ideas. Such skills are naturally embedded in undergraduate mathematics courses and programs which prepare graduates for a rapidly changing, technology-focused, data-driven workplace. In fact, Valparaiso University marketed its mathematics major using the slogan “Mathematics + Anything = Everything” to highlight this versatility.