Bad News for English Majors


Last week, we blogged about how, contrary to popular opinion, English majors are, in fact, employable.

But, argues Verlyn Klinkenborg, the misperception that the humanities are impractical career-wise is actually hurting the field, making it less practical in every way. He says of his students, for whom reading and writing have been consistently deemphasized and even maligned:

They can assemble strings of jargon and generate clots of ventriloquistic syntax. They can meta-metastasize any thematic or ideological notion they happen upon….But as for writing clearly, simply, with attention and openness to their own thoughts and emotions and the world around them — no.

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 →