British studies are up against the shifting trends seen on American campuses. The change is evident through the way the universities are focusing less on Western Europe while directing more focus on other global parts. The UK loomed significant cultural practices in the US even after the two hundred and fifty years that the United States earned its freedom from the UK its colonizer.
As a field of study, during the twentieth century, British education was inflated according to reports by the director of Indiana University and Indianapolis institute of arts as well as humanities Jason Kelly. People are concerned about other countries and interests in the world. Kelly describes the case as a productive way of thinking about the globe. Hence, the lessons are useful regarding the challenges faced by the global community. As such, the focus on other parts has led to the decline of students pursuing British courses in the past decades. Furthermore, undergraduate history courses of the British have also experienced a decline in enrollment, according to NACBS.
Presently, British courses are considered by many students as old-fashioned, conservative, hide-bound, and boring. Furthermore, the discipline is seen as that of older people who are in tweed coats, hankering for the sexist or stuffy atmosphere. However, people working in the sector of the UK course have noted that the declining numbers display broader trends within humanities. Therefore, the discipline is struggling in the hands of puzzling expectations of students. The numbers of degrees in English have reduced by half since the late nineteen nineties. Besides, according to the department of education of US history alone has fallen to around forty-five percent compared to the peak time of 2007.
Moreover, the cost of colleges is exploding, and complete inflation in higher education of the US is experienced according to the historian who has specialized in Britain, a campus in Ohio University professor Vaughn. It turns out to be challenging for interested people to attend for four years in higher education institutions. However, if students participate with such considerable costs, they will want remuneration. Therefore, engineering, science tech, and maths [STEM] are the ones with a massive pay off different from social sciences and humanities.
Such a case has experienced its compounding since the financial crisis of the year 2008. Students increased fear that they cannot get employment with humanity courses after the crash. Nonetheless, all is not lost for British studies, according to the president of NACBS Paul Halliday.