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Why Study English?

D Bentley"Every student enrolled in a course in the arts and humanities is an intellectual and imaginative voyager, travelling to places near and far in time and space and entering through the power of empathy into the thoughts and feelings, attitudes and assumptions of people of different perspectives and cultures."

Read Dr. David Bentley's short essay on "Arts Education Is Important"!

List of CEOS from Humanities backgrounds:

The most sought after skills in Canada in 2015

Inside Higher Ed 
Well-Prepared in Their Own Eyes
By Scott Jaschik.

Huffington Post 
In Defense Of The 'Impractical' English Major
By Carolyn Gregoire.

Business Insider 
11 Reasons To Ignore The Haters And Major In The Humanities
By Max Nisen.

35 Awesome Jobs for English Majors
By James Mulvey.

Business Insider 
16 Wildly Successful People Who Majored in English
By Vivian Giang, Lynne Guey and Max Nisen.

New Yorker 
Why Teach English?
By Adam Gopnik.

Association of American Colleges and Universities 
Employers More Interested in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Than College Major
"National Survey Shows Need to Increase Focus on Applied Learning, Intercultural Skills, Ethical Judgment, and Evidence-Based Reasoning as Outcomes for All College Students."

USA Today 
Arts majors jump ahead of tech grads in landing jobs.
"Recent graduates with technology degrees are having a tougher time finding a job than their peers in the arts."
By Lauren Kirkwood.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Ideal English Major.
"All students—and I mean all—ought to think seriously about majoring in English. Becoming an English major means pursuing the most important subject of all—being a human being."
By Mark Edmundson, professor of English at the University of Virginia.

Open Forum
Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires.
By Bruna Martinuzzi.

Academica Group
Humanities grads play large role in economy, UK study.
"...a section of the report, which asked students qualitative questions about their experiences, supported the view that it was the unique soft skills gained from a humanities education that had made the difference in their careers."

Patients Need Poetry. And so do doctors.
"For patients, who can find themselves lost and voiceless in the overpowering medical enterprise, poetry can often help recapture their voice."
By Danielle Ofri, associate professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review..

The Huffington Post
Why I Hire English Majors
"I love English majors. I love how smart they are. I love their intellectual curiosity. And I love their bold choice for a major. Most of all, I love to hire them."
By Steve Strauss, Bestselling author, USA TODAY columnist, leading small business expert.

The Atlantic
The Best Argument for Studying English? The Employment Numbers
"Only people who don't understand statistics would question the value of an English degree."
By Jordan Weissmann, associate editor at The Atlantic..

Yahoo! Finance
Logitech CEO: 'I Love Hiring English Majors'
"'The older I get, the more I realize the power of words and the power of words in making you think ... the best CEOs and leaders are extremely good writers and have this ability to articulate and verbalize what they're thinking,' he says."
By Vivian Giang.

Inside Higher Ed
Making the Case for Liberal Arts
By Colleen Flaherty.

Harvard University, Arts & Humanities Division
On the Value of a Liberal Arts Education
By James Engell, Gurney Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature.

Business Insider
16 Wildly Successful People Who Majored in English
"...many English majors go on to become highly successful people in business, government and technology."
By Vivian Giang, Lynne Guey and Max Nisen.

The president of Penguin Canada on work-life balance
The president and publisher of Penguin Canada is proof that being an English major is not a waste of four years. 
By Antonia Whyatt.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Employers Want Broadly Educated New Hires, Survey Finds
By Beckie Supiano.

The Globe and Mail
Really, a skilled-labour shortage? In truth, we need arts grads
Alex Usher is president of Higher Education Strategy Associates.