Good News for English Majors


English majors and other humanities students, take heart: your diploma’s not so useless after all!

Though arts, humanities, and social sciences are often disparaged as impractical, Time‘s Annette Gordon-Reed argues that they prepare students for the job market quite well in the long run.

After all, who is better suited to the unpredictable demands of today’s economic climate than someone flexible enough to “write well, think critically, research creatively, and communicate easily” like humanities students are trained to do?

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →