The Ghettoization of Humanities Degrees

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Student Presentation

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College of Arts and Sciences



Faculty Sponsor

Arthur Scarritt


Higher education has been marketed as the ultimate equalizer, the foundation in which culture, class, and gender are neutral and every person has the right to equal access of educational opportunities. However, long standing segregation has maintained a status quo of matriarchal-dominated career paths. The shift from cultural knowledge to technical-based skill has transformed the environment of higher education into a business; necessitating that students perform the roles of consumer and product, with the highest prestige and value placed on STEM graduates. In this paper, I argue that neoliberal ideologies have prioritized masculine-dominated STEM fields, creating negative views towards feminized humanities degree and opposition for equalizing gender equality through marketing or scholarship methods in order to protect the continuation of sexism and male privilege in higher education.

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