This is a long article with many good things to say, but this excerpt is my favorite:
"Given the ragged magnificence of the world, who would wish to live only once? The English major lives many times through the astounding transportive magic of words and the welcoming power of his receptive imagination. The economics major? In all probability he lives but once. If the English major has enough energy and openness of heart, he lives not once but hundreds of times."
Read the full article from The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Ideal English Major