The end of the English major?

Hello all!

I’m sorry it’s been such a long time since my last post; I’ve been very busy over this last month or so, but I’ve been itching to get back on here and write, and after I saw this article today, I had to come and say something.

As an English major myself, this piece really hits close to home. I loved my college, and I enjoyed all of the courses from my English program. I never felt that I was just learning about great works of literature; I knew this degree was making me an overall stronger writer. In hindsight, I also see that my critical thinking skills grew stronger with each class I took.

I understand, especially after the difficult economic downturn, that students and parents look to college to provide a for a well-paying future. But as my friend and colleague Jennifer Cournoyer so rightly stated, college seems to no longer be a means to a better life — just a better job. Our lives become better when we learn about the world around us, and I will always strongly feel that our core general education courses provide help provide that kind of life.

Though I teach at a business school, we value the information that our students receive in their composition and literature courses. We must remember how important these courses are so we aren’t graduating students with no ability to think critically.

Here is the original article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/can-the-english-major-be-saved/2015/04/02/1e350ec2-ca53-11e4-a199-6cb5e63819d2_story.html?tid=sm_fb