How Many Times Are We Going to Have to Defend English Majors?

Anyone else have a major eye roll when they saw that people were attacking/defending English majors again? I was writing about this in 2013, and I guess now five years later I’m writing about it again. Even more upsetting was the need to defend food service people. Ugh. Seriously? I did a little digging this morning and, of course, added my two cents on twitter. In case anyone is wondering, here’s what happened.

A college student asked author Diana Gabaldon about majoring in English. This was the authors oh-so-sensitive response:

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In Defense of English Majors

English majorTo major in English or not to major in English … that is the question. While it was never much of a question for me, it does seem to be something that’s risen in public consciousness in the last two weeks. Just four days after my slightly awkward Father’s Day conversation about if an English major actually translated into any kind of job, David Brooks came to my aid and wrote an op-ed titled The Humanist Vocation in the New York Times. The article discussed how humanities degrees have been cut in half in the last 50 years and exploring the reasoning. Continue reading