I was an English major. My husband was an English major. Some of my best friends were English majors. Now my 19 year old niece is in college and has chosen to be an English major. Recently, the push from society and parents encourages students to major in more "employable" fields like business, technology, and various medical studies. Yet, I've never regretted my choice to major in English, and I have a feeling, today's English majors won't either.
"What many undergraduates do not know — and what so many of their professors have been unable to tell them — is how valuable the most fundamental gift of the humanities will turn out to be. That gift is clear thinking, clear writing and a lifelong engagement with literature."
Check out the article from The New York Times: "The Decline and Fall of the English Major"
BA in English