Federal study notes that humanities degrees have declined in the past 5 years.

humanities-OhioFewer students are enrolling in humanities majors at Ohio colleges amid an upswing in the popularity of science and business programs, according to federal data.

Traditionally the bedrock of a college education, humanities disciplines, including English, philosophy and history, have attracted fewer students nationally in recent years. Some scholars have lamented the fall of the humanities, while others say the downturn is overblown.

In Ohio, the number of humanities degrees granted by all colleges has fallen by 15 percent over the past five years, even as the total number of degrees increased. Last school year, humanities degrees represented 8 percent of all degrees given by public and private colleges in Ohio.

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