Today Inside Higher Ed is reporting that Elizabeth City State University, a 2,300 student historically black college in North Carolina, is thinking about cutting seven undergraduate majors, including history, because these majors are “low productive.” Here is a taste of that article:
Schneider and Geary are, of course, correct in their analysis. But there is a deeper question here as well. Why is the history major at Elizabeth City State considered a “low productive” major? Why are so few students majoring in history? And this is not just a problem at Elizabeth City State. Many colleges and universities are facing the same problems. Perhaps we need to remember why history has always been a fundamental part of an undergraduate education.