Can Humanities Survive the Budget Cuts?
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Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times
For years, economists and more than a few worried parents have argued over whether a liberal arts degree is worth the price.
Not only are public officials questioning state support for the humanities, a growing number of universities, often aided by outside consultants, are now putting many cherished departments—art history, American studies—on the chopping block. They say they are facing headwinds, including students who are fleeing to majors more closely aligned to employment.