(Guest post! Ben Schmidt is the vis­iting grad­uate fellow at the Cul­tural Obser­va­tory at Har­vard, and a grad­uate stu­dent in his­tory at Princeton Uni­ver­sity. His research is in intel­lec­tual and cul­tural his­tory and the use of com­pu­ta­tional tech­niques for his­tor­ical research. He writes about dig­ital human­i­ties on the blog Sap­ping Atten­tion. Begin­ning fall 2013, he will be an assis­tant pro­fessor of his­tory at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. He blogs at Sap­ping Atten­tion. I’m glad to have him here to give his analysis of the crisis in the human­i­ties. Thanks, Ben!).

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about falling enroll­ments in the human­i­ties dis­ci­plines. The news hook is a Har­vard report about declining enroll­ments in the human­i­ties; the moral they draw is that human­i­ties enroll­ments are col­lapsing because the degrees don’t imme­di­ately lend them­selves to post-​​graduate jobs. (Never mind that the Har­vard report makes clear that the real com­pe­ti­tion is with the social sci­ences, not the 1% of humanities-​​curious first-​​years who major in com­puter science).

 

Read the article at Chronicle of Higher Education →