Those of you who are badmouthing the choice of an English degree, let me assure you that English studies are not all about grammar and dead poets. The skills one hones studying literature/writing are analytical skills – the ability to put ideas together into meaningful thought and writing. Those skills are valuable in many industries. I was hired for three very good jobs solely because of my English degree – a business analyst position, a technical training position, and a tech writing position. I agree that the cost of higher education now is outrageous, and it means that fewer talented people will be studying liberal arts because of the impression that the skills learned in such studies are not relevant. And that’s how are nation will continue its trip down the drain, intellectually.