Humanities Fall Out of Favor at U.S. Universities

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July 16 (Bloomberg) -- On today's "Off The Charts," Bloomberg chief markets correspondent Scarlet Fu looks at the drop in the study of the humanities at American universities and the courses of study attracting current students. She speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."

Called decline in the humanities.

Students would rather major in something less lofty, a bit more practical, like the stehn disciplines because of the current economic environment.

We have a chart that illustrates the humanities.

These are the bachelor of arts degrees in and which, like which, philosophy . it bottomed out in the early 1980's and picked up again in nearly 90 -- 1990's. but this is love -- misleading because it only starts in the late 1960's, the glory days for the humanities.

If you bring up a chart that goes all the way back, it is a different story.

All of these studies peaked in the late 1960's. we are not that much further down that where we were before.

Any reason as to why?

I mentioned the jobless rate, student loans, but it is more than just that.

One reason is because women have started studying more vocational studies, including engineering and science.

You are seeing an equalization taking place.

The student body has changed tremendously since the 1940's, and even since the 1960's. and that is the hot either one now -- that is a hot one now?

Independent studies.

If you talk to recorder, they will just say they want to hire someone who can think.

That leads to the study of humanities.

Tell yourself that.

It worked so far, right?

It got me here.

If you talk to c.e.o.'s, and we do, they will say they want people who can come in and solve problems.

We are in an era where everything is quantifiable the humanities -- where everything is quantifiable, but the humanities are not necessarily quantifiable.

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