Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

Defending your existence–again

The New York Times reports that, not surprisingly, humanities departments across the country are seeing their budgets cut and are being forced to defend their very existences.  I’m seeing far too many of these types of articles lately, but I guess in the current economy it shouldn’t be a shock.  On the one hand I agree that those of us in fields like literature and film studies need to get out of the “ivory tower” and start connecting our work to the larger world (not that plenty of people aren’t already doing that), but at the same time I grow extremely weary of having to come up with ways that a humanities degree can land you a really lucrative job.  Yes, we’re in a recession and intellectual development can’t exactly be a priority for someone who’s about to lose their home, but does that mean we have to discard any and all college degrees that don’t automatically lead to the corporate world? 

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This entry was posted on February 25, 2009 by in (post) Grad life and tagged , .
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