The Humanities Ph.D.: Less Than Useless

By posted at 1:53 pm on April 18, 2010 2

Despair, debt, frustration, a decade in school rewarded with guaranteed joblessness.  If this cocktail of woe sounds good to you, consider getting a Ph.D. in English, History, or any other humanities discipline. At the New York Times, yet another of the recent spate of articles explaining how utterly dismal the prospects of recent humanities Ph.D.s are.

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2 Responses to “The Humanities Ph.D.: Less Than Useless”

  1. amer alajmi
    at 10:45 am on February 18, 2013

    excuse you, humanities are linked to everything in context as all that we humans portray ourselves to be in our worlds and minds. whatever outcome a single human action has, it can be reinforced logivcally through some kind of humanity I.E Pssychology. discouraging young adults getting a phd in a humanity is completely shameful in the many interests of human life. without the common study of humanities, iI highly doubt you would even know how you make yourself human and exactly what fits you as an editor into the society which you write posts for

  2. ECW
    at 11:24 am on February 18, 2013

    Had you read the post properly, perhaps you would have understood that I was not arguing against the spiritual or human value of an education in the humanities but the material and economic value of a higher degree–a doctorate–in the humanities.

    Please read more carefully before you’re rude and dismissive. And thanks for reading.

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