Based on the steady coverage of how humanities are losing their popularity, tales of woe about art and psychology graduates making minuscule salaries, and the drum beat to push students towards STEM degrees, you might think the liberal arts is dying in favor of technical majors.
The truth is a little more complicated.
Ben Schmidt at Northeastern University put together the data in an interactive charton the trends of college majors over the past few decades. It shows the percentage of students studying most majors has stayed relatively the same since the mid-1960’s, but there have been a few changes.
Engineering, the major most likely to shoot a graduate towards the upper-middle class before their 30th birthday, is holding steady in terms of the proportion of students it attracts.
Meanwhile psychology majors increased, and the biggest growth since the 60’s, according to the chart, is in students seeking degrees in business and life sciences. English and literature majors are nothing close to the large proportion of undergraduates they were 30 years ago, and students studying education has declined as well.