Some state universities, that is those funded with tax-payer money, are downsizing or eliminating their departments associated with what is broadly labeled the "liberal arts." In THE ATLANTIC, Heidi Tworek provides relevant statistics. Here you can read the analysis.
What that means is that studying the humanities could return to be the elite pursuit it once was. About a year ago, at a Buddhist temple based in New Haven, Connecticut near Yale, I ran into a graduate student. He was uptight because of his coming examinations in Greek and Latin literature (studied in the original languages). Of course, we all provided the platitudes about doing one's best. The Millennial was enrolled at Yale. His background was privileged. His choice of graduate degrees Everyman would no longer have. And maybe should never have had.
My Baby Boomer generation was the first to be able to attend college en masse. Predictably many of us from the working class, not understanding economic realities, majored in the liberal arts. Some such as myself even went on to doctoral programs in literature and linguistics. No surprise, at the end of that academic path there were few economic opportunities. It took me about five years to reinvent myelf. At age 34 I finally landed a "good" job at Chevron.
It would have been cruel but could have been kind to tell us children of Everyman back then that we better invest our school years in something that was marketable and paid well. A one-semester four-credit humanities course would have done the trick to equip me to socialize with the elite - and get ahead.