Yet more weighing-in on why one might wish to choose to major in English as an undergrad, this time from Mark Edmundson:
Real reading is reincarnation. There is no other way to put it. It is being born again into a higher form of consciousness than we ourselves possess. When we walk the streets of Manhattan with Walt Whitman or contemplate our hopes for eternity with Emily Dickinson, we are reborn into more ample and generous minds.
(He even quotes Heidegger!)
This does not mean all English/literature/humanities folks think alike. In fact, the beauty of it is, we all think differently.