ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

The Shakespeare File

What English Majors Are Really Studying

December 1996 by Jerry L. Martin

This report reveals that Shakespeare is no longer a required course for English majors—the future English teachers of America—at two-thirds of the top 70 U.S. colleges and universities. The study was cited in hundreds of newspapers across the country, and on national television. The report was updated and enhanced in 2007 with the publication of The Vanishing Shakespeare.


Press

For English Departments, A Major Change

Washington Post
December 30, 1996 by Jonathan Yardley |

The final piece of evidence that the lunatics are running the academic asylum is now firmly in place. It was put there a few days ago by the National Alumni Forum, which, in a devastating report titled… Continue Reading >>

At Colleges, Sun Is Setting on Shakespeare

New York Times
December 29, 1996 by William H. Honan |

Georgetown University's abandoning of the requirement that English majors study at least two authors among Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton–which drew criticism and prompted a teach-in last… Continue Reading >>

Rubbing Salt in English Major’s Wounds

New York Times
May 10, 1996 by David Grimes |

A recent study shows that the works of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton are gradually being phased out of college English literature curriculums. According to the National Alumni Forum, these authors… Continue Reading >>