What will you do with an English degree?

Michael Bérubé, director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, gives his view on What will you do with an English degree? Plenty. He cites Arun and Roksa's book Academically Adrift, which asserted that about half of the students in their study didn't improve during their first two years of college. Yet, to the degree that students read and wrote, they did improve:

Students showed improvement in “critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing skills” largely to the degree that their courses required them to read at least 40 pages a week and write at least 20 pages in a semester.