The New York Times commentator Verlyn Klinkenborg recently wrote about the “decline of the English major” in an opinion piece titled “Why the Humanities Still Matter.” I am offering a link to the letters to the editor concerning that essay [which includes a link to the opinion piece as well]:
Another article, this time in the Chronicle of Higher Education, makes the point that employers often want qualities in their employees that the English major supplies…but that employers may not realize that! (One commenter suggests students major in business or biology or whatever and minor in English).
Those of you new to my blog may wish to look at the archives here on this topic, which include:
“Reasonable, Calming” http://wp.me/p1RDyQ-go
“Defending the Poetry major” http://wp.me/p1RDyQ-6z
“Learning the literary analysis” http://wp.me/p1RDyQ-je
“Philosophy & English are friends” http://wp.me/p1RDyQ-hk
I’m a philosophy and literature major who is also a poet; and I’m not starving to death, and I like my job. Can the cynics please stand down? Learning matters. True education makes us into better thinkers. Society benefits.
End of story. Now, go read a book!