I was an English major in college and many of my best friends were too. However, it appears we were part of a diminishing crew.

In a New York Times editorial, author and editor Verlyn Klinkenborg outlined how this once popular course of study is fading away. Here’s an excerpt from “The Decline and Fall of the English Major“:

At Pomona College (my alma mater) this spring, 16 students graduated with an English major out of a student body of 1,560, a terribly small number. In 1991, 165 students graduated from Yale with a B.A. in English literature. By 2012, that number was 62. In 1991, the top two majors at Yale were history and English. In 2013, they were economics and political science.

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