In a nutshell? Universities are bowing to student pressure to reduce liberal arts education in favor of career-oriented training --- despite signs that neither employers nor educators are in favor of the move. Somehow, there is a notion that modern entrepreneurial spirits require more vocational training and less general critical thinking skills than did, say, every generation that has helped to build this nation since the 18th century.
"The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, is eliminating its philosophy major, while Michigan State University is doing away with American studies and classics, after years of declining enrollments in those majors."Somehow, I don't think the answer is ridding ourselves of Philosophy as a possible major, just because the current crop of 18-year old students have been given little or no guidance as to how that knowledge can be relevant to a successful life.
Or even how that path could actually teach them something about the nature of a successful life to begin with.