The decline in the number of students majoring in the humanities these days comes as no surprise (“Dear Humanists: You Have Done That Yourself,” The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, Dec. 9). The blame lies with its marketability.
When students assume heavy debt to finance a bachelor’s degree, they understandably want some assurance that their choice of a major will pay off in a well-paying job. Unfortunately, the humanities can’t compete with other majors. You can’t blame them.
Studies show that in the long run humanities majors do catch up with other majors. The problem is that college graduates can’t wait that long. They have expenses today. There will always be a handful of students who chose to major in the humanities for various reasons, but they are outliers.
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