To Save the Humanities, Make Them More Hands On

From the John William Pope Center for Higher Education, 07/08/16 — “The humanities may not be dead, but they are certainly moribund on many college campuses. Once the crown jewels of higher education, now they are valued about as much as knockoffs at a pawn shop.

According to a recent study by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the humanities saw an 8.7 percent decline between 2012 and 2014 and, as a percentage of all bachelor’s degrees, are at their lowest point since 1967. Enrollment is down at the Ivies, in the Big Ten, and at Arts and Sciences colleges.  Even graduate programs are feeling the pinch.

Whatever the reasons for this decline, the fact remains: the humanities are hurting, and there’s no indication that they will experience a renaissance anytime soon.”

Part of the answer, argues SUNY Cobleskill Dean of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences J.M. Anderson, is an applied-learning approach to the humanities. Read his whole article at the John William Pope Center >>