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Higher Ed in the News

Universities work to revive the humanities

November 10, 2010

At university campuses around the world, the humanities are hurting. Students are flocking to majors more closely linked to their career goals.

Student interest in the humanities — which include the classics, literature, languages, history, philosophy, and religion — has dropped dramatically in recent years. Only 8 percent of U.S. undergraduates majored in a humanities field in 2007, compared with 17 percent in 1966, according to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Today, business is the most popular undergraduate degree in the United States; in 2008, 21 percent of bachelor’s degrees that were awarded were in that field, according to U.S. Department of Education statistics.

Among the universities attempting to restore interest in the humanities is Brandeis, which recently dedicated a new $22.5 million glass-and-slate hilltop home for the humanities, called the Mandel Center for the Humanities.


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