According to The Daily Beast, there’s been a precipitous drop in undergraduate history majors:
George Orwell famously forewarned in 1984, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” We shouldn’t be surprised then by some recent, disturbing trends in the study of history.
According to a new analysis by the American Historical Association, the number of students choosing to major in history at the nation’s colleges has plummeted. Undergraduate history majors have fallen by more than a third in less than a decade, declining to their lowest levels since the ’80s. The evidence indicates that the vanishing history major is not a short-term response to the Great Recession’s lousy job market. If anything, the trend is accelerating. The undergraduate history major seems to be on the way out.
The lone exception is at the Ivy League schools. Regarding why, what history they’re interested in, and other questions, I suppose we’ll have to wait and find out. But I thought the news an interest comment on the state of the culture overall. Head over here for the full story. — CC
Photo is from Princeton in 1931, with actor Jimmy Stewart on the right.