Humanities in Public Universities

Gordon Hunter’s and Feisal G. Mohamed’s recent article in The New Republic, “The Real Humanities Crisis Is Happening at Public Universities,” is a definite read for proponents of the humanities, as they discuss the ways in which humanities programs are increasingly suffering in public universities, articulating solutions for a new deal for the humanities:

A new deal for the humanities needs to reimagine institutional structures on three fronts: 1) it must provide stable sources of funding; 2) it must allow humanities programs to generate their own means of evaluating learning outcomes and program viability, not necessarily based on generating grants (which they cannot do) or watering down curriculum to fill undergraduate seats (which they ought not do); and 3) it must marshal its resources to develop new models of the single-subject academic department, or dispense entirely with this limiting institutional model that was not conceived with the humanities in mind.