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.
When a student decides to pursue a degree in English and/or Humanities, the initial reaction that most people have is, “Well, what will you be doing with that degree?” The question comes because unless you plan on being a teacher, the assumption is that the degree won’t translate into a career the way that a more specialized degree such as engineering, business, or computer sciences might after graduation. Of course, there is also the question of return of your investment after you have your degree. Will majoring in English and/or Humanities give you the best return on your investment financially?