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The chair of the literature department claims that as a result of continued decline in the department’s funding, fewer students are interested in careers that require a literature degree. The college can therefore expect the number of students studying for a masters’ degree in literature to decline.

If true, which of the following is the best counterclaim for the chair’s claim?


Budget cuts are happening equally across the board for all departments, yet not all departments are experiencing a decline in student enrollment.


The university has actually recently increased the number of literature professors.


Undergraduates studying a variety of arts are more likely to choose careers that require a master’s degree in literature.


The enrollment of literature students was declining already, before the budget cuts.


There is actually a trend in increased undergraduate literature students over recent years, and that trend is predicted to continue.

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