Fewer students are majoring in social sciences at some SC colleges, statistics show
Fewer South Carolina college students at some schools have been majoring in social sciences since 2007, according to newly released statistics.
Between 2007 and 2016, several S.C. colleges offering philosophy, English, history, political science and physical education have seen enrollment decrease by roughly half or more, according to Commission on Higher Education data that was presented to a state Senate committee.
“In my opinion, the Great Recession focused prospective college students on the need for an education that would directly make their job search more productive upon graduation,” said Frank Knapp, co-founder and president of the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce.
The perception that English or history majors are less likely to get jobs, however, may be more of a myth. Graduates with a degree in history, English or political science are more likely to have a job out of school than those who majored in law or math, according to a 2017 study from Course Hero, a website that offers online study materials for students.
Not all S.C. colleges are seeing declines in social science majors. For example, only two of 12 colleges that offer English language and literature courses saw declines. The data did not specify which schools are seeing declines and which are not.