The humanities: Out of date?
When the going gets tough, the tough takeaccounting. When the job market worsens, manystudent s calculate they can't major in English orhistory. They have to study something that booststheir pr ospects of landing a job.
The data show that as students have increasingly shouldered the ever-rising cost of tuition,they ha ve defected from the study of the humanities and toward applied science and "hard"skills that they bet will lead to employment. In other words, a college education is more andmore seen as a mean s for economic betterment rather than a means for human betterment.This is a trend that is likely t o persist and even accelerate.
Over the next few years, as labor markets struggle, the humanities will probably continue theirlon g slide in succession. There already has been a nearly 50 percent decline in the portion of liberal arts majors over the past generation, and it is logical to think that the trend is boundto continue or even accelerate. Once the dominant pillars of university life, the humanities nowplay little roles when students take their college tours. These days, labs are more vivid and compelling than librari es.
Here, please allow me to stand up for and promote the true value that the humanities add topeople 's lives.