We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
You like to read serious books. You like to think about them, and to write essays about them. Should you be a literature major in college? Or just read the canon on your own, along with some of the classic critics?
Or, if you enjoy eloquent instruction and guidance, why not just take a Great Courses on Literature? They are wonderful, and the price (and probably the high quality) cannot compare with college.
Sometimes we forget that fiction is written mainly for entertainment and stimulation, whatever its depth or quality, refinement or sophistication. Same goes for music and visual and performing arts.
English major here. Use my major every day. My major got me into my career track and is seen regularly in job postings for technical writing and editing jobs all the time. If it were up to me, I'd add a couple of business writing courses to the English major track...which would include writing white papers and proposals, writing for marketing, editing and writing technical pieces, interviewing SMEs. Some colleges offer a Technical Writing major, but I believe even a smaller college with fewer choices for their students should offer at least one or two semesters of English in Business.
Yes, you can read books on your own, but honestly, there are many books, poems and plays I never would've read on my own if it weren't for the classes I took. Sometimes you have to be forced to read and analyze stuff in order to learn and grow. No way would I have read the number of Shakespeare plays and sonnets, if it weren't for my semester-long Shakespeare class. You cannot recreate that at home in your living room.
You sound like my youngest, English-major-at-a-conservative-campus daughter. After graduating, she took a job as a gofer in a legal office, but her researching and writing skills soon had her preparing stuff for the lawyers full time. Then para-legal, then a MPA, and now (25 years later) middle management in a state medical association (very legalistic environment).
Sounds a lot like my path! I also went to a small, conservative Liberal Arts College. FYI, to those science-y type people: English majors edit your stuff because you can't write! (especially engineers...lord help me when I work with engineers!)