The Real Humanities Crisis-For those with humanistic and artistic life interests, our economic system has almost nothing to offerLeave a comment
December 5, 2013 by locu5amoenu5
For those with humanistic and artistic life interests, our economic system has almost nothing to offer
“Crisis” and “decline” are the words of the day in discussions of the humanities. A primary stimulus for the concern is a startling factoid: only 8 percent of undergraduates major in humanities. But this figure is misleading. It does not include majors in closely related fields such as history, journalism and some of the social sciences. Nor does it take account of the many required and elective humanities courses students take outside their majors. Most important, the 8 percent includes only those with a serious academic interest in literature, music and art, not those devoted to producing the artistic works that humanists study..