Sad Statistics

In the last 40 years, the number of students majoring in the humanities in the US has declined by more than half, according to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As the figures below indicate, the popularity of the following subjects among undergraduates has significantly decreased from 1970/71–2003/04 :

English: from 7.6 per cent of the majors to 3.9 per cent

Foreign languages and literatures: from 2.5 per cent to 1.3 per cent

History: from 18.5 per cent to 10.7 per cent