English Matters

Making the Case

“The corporate attack on the university” is scarcely news, writes Peter Fettner in his 2011 academia.edu essay on “The Crisis in the Humanities”.

http://www.academia.edu/875988/The_Crisis_in_the_Humanities_and_the_Corporate_Attack_on_the_University

And if you do anything with social media, you’ve already seen some of the many web postings that strike back in support of humanities programs, the liberal arts degree, and the discipline of English studies. The arguments range across registers of value – individual, social, cultural, economic – and it’s worth paying attention to them.  They hold in common at least one claim:  that now is a time when the case really needs to be made.

Here are some of those articles:

Why Learning the Humanities Is a Key to Success

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130625075243-2259773-why-learning-the-humanities-is-a-key-to-success?fb_action_ids=10151513273341006&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B609053755795017%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.likes%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D&_mSplash=1

The Decline and Fall of the English Major

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/opinion/sunday/the-decline-and-fall-of-the-english-major.html?_r=0

Don’t Abandon Classics In Order To Get A Good Job, Says Oxford

http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/3572536

Why Does Reading Matter?

http://whydoesitmattercanada.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/why-does-reading-matter/

Why Study Humanities?  What I Tell Engineering Freshmen

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/2013/06/20/why-study-humanities-what-i-tell-engineering-freshmen/

The Future Of The University: A Vision

http://printculture.com/the-future-of-the-university-a-vision/

And on a storify.com site,

storify.com/janineutell/the-value-of-a-liberal-arts-degree

there’s a list of articles including:

Liberal Education News Watch

http://www.aacu.org/press_room/liberalednewswatch.cfm

Why Businesses Prefer a Liberal Arts Education

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100642178

Why I Hire English Majors

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-strauss/hiring-english-majors_b_3484409.html

The Best Argument for Studying English? The Employment Numbers

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/06/the-best-argument-for-studying-english-the-employment-numbers/277162/

Are Humanities Degrees Doomed? Experts Weigh In

http://blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2013/06/06/whats-a-college-student-to-study-experts-weigh-in

Is There a Place for Liberal Arts in Business?

 http://www.inc.com/laura-entis/6-cases-for-the-value-of-a-liberal-arts-education.html

Michael Bérubé. My View:  What will you do with an English degree?  Plenty.

http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/tag/michael-berube-special-to-cnn/

The Irreplaceable Value of the Liberal Arts

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-benson/liberal-arts-education-_b_1603436.html

Revenge of the Liberal Arts Major

http://upstart.bizjournals.com/news/wire/2012/05/14/survey-on-millennial-hiring-highlights-power-of-liberal-arts.html

Christopher Keep (U Western) adds to the list with this link:

Why English Majors Are the New Hot Hires

https://www.openforum.com/articles/why-english-majors-are-the-hot-new-hires/

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