The summary appearing below is adapted from another blog I maintain. It conforms to the standards laid out here.
On 22 June 2013, the New York Times featured Verlyn Klinkenborg's "The Decline and Fall of the English Major." In the article, Klinkenborg offers an elegy for the decreasing numbers of undergraduate students of English language and literature. Cited are graduation numbers from Yale and Pomona College as well as a tripartite reason for the decline those schools evidence. Presented also is a statement of the value of the humanities in general and of the English degree specifically--not a direct monetary value, but a value insofar as it represents being able to effectively express thoughts and ideas, thereby effecting agency in the world. Unfortunately, Klinkenborg's statistical data offer too small a sample to be representative, and the statement of value--a fairly standard view among humanities scholars--is too vague to convince those who are not already convinced of the value of the humanities that the decline of their study in one form at the undergraduate level is lamentable.