College students follow the money into STEM education, killing off struggling liberal arts programs

Lindsey Ash says she likely would have sought a liberal arts degree in speech therapy — until a high school class steered her toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The abundance these days of STEM-related scholarships and high-paying STEM jobs have contributed to the humanities’ years-long struggle to attract devotees, as potential historians, English teachers, art researchers and sociologists have increasingly opted to enter programs for careers in data systems analysis, information security, mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering.

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