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The Value of the English Major Today

English Department, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA 91750, USA
Humanities 2020, 9(3), 77; https://doi.org/10.3390/h9030077
Received: 15 June 2020 / Revised: 28 July 2020 / Accepted: 29 July 2020 / Published: 6 August 2020
This essay explores the value of the undergraduate English major today in terms of the knowledge and skills it develops, graduate school and employment opportunities it provides, and self-actualization and social improvement it fosters. From the perspective of an English department chair, this essay stresses both the tangible and intangible benefits of the study of literature and writing, and it does so as a defense against those that seek to cut funding or devolve English departments. With reference to data from both a small, private, liberal arts college in southern California and national sources to give context, the essay shows how the English major is not only perennially valuable, but particularly valuable today in the midst of the world-wide coronavirus pandemic and the protests that aim to arrest police brutality against African Americans and their communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: English major; learning outcomes; knowledge; skills; graduate school; employment; self-actualization; social change; coronavirus; police brutality; African Americans; value English major; learning outcomes; knowledge; skills; graduate school; employment; self-actualization; social change; coronavirus; police brutality; African Americans; value
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