[Marxism] The Historical Profession is Committing Slow-Motion Suicide

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Dec 11 05:56:23 MST 2018

A recent study confirms a disturbing trend: American college students 
are abandoning the study of history. Since 2008, the number of students 
majoring in history in U.S. universities has dropped 30 percent, and 
history now accounts for a smaller share of all U.S. bachelor’s degrees 
than at any time since 1950. Although all humanities disciplines have 
suffered declining enrollments since 2008, none has fallen as far as 
history. And this decline in majors has been even steeper at elite, 
private universities — the very institutions that act as standard 
bearers and gate-keepers for the discipline. The study of history, it 
seems, is itself becoming a relic of the past.


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