The average student spends 17 hours a week preparing for class, according to The National Survey of Student Engagement. That includes studying, reading, analyzing data, and doing assignments and lab work. That's far less than the 45 or so hours per week recommended by most schools for students taking 15 credits of coursework, but not every major is equal when it comes to study time.
If you've noticed more sad poets than normal lately, it might be because of a spate of headlines announcing the death of the humanities in higher education. While PayScale applauds college students who make the smart fiscal choice to study STEM subjects and earn the bigger paychecks that they often provide, we don’t think that abandoning the humanities altogether is the answer. We recently sat down with Zachary First, the Managing Director of The Drucker Institute, to hear what somebody who is working to reshape the face of higher education in America thinks about this trend.