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.

Despite the pos­si­bility of making money off your own app, or launching the nextFace­book or Snapchat, com­puter sci­ence majors have actu­ally declined since 1986.

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.


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