I sure the hell know my Shakespeare. I should. I not only majored in the Humanities in college. I went on to get an MA and All But A Dissertation in Literature and Linguistics at the University of Michigan. While I was there pursuing excellence I felt superior to the crass souls in the School of Business.
Of course, my smugness vanished when the MBAs got jobs easily and at astounding salaries. My generation of Humanities over-educated had it particularly difficult because the market for college professors tanked. We were out there peddling something no one wanted to buy.
Only after I wised up and translated my skills into what was in demand by employers did I get a job. So, if I had been invited to participate in THE NEW YORK TIMES' conversation about the value of education in the Humanities I would recommend one course, kill the major. Here is that debate.
Eventually, I made peace with my choices in education. But anyone today making the same choices I would label as "reckless."