<p>Kind of along the lines of what collegealum said -- as a sanity check, even in a school that does NOT have a science/math bent, it is common to see people doubling in mathematics and linguistics. I imagine this might be more common at MIT. I don't know much about linguistics, but it is possible the teaching style may reflect something about the crowd.</p>
There is a techy vibe there which I wasn't completely comfortable with.
<p>I second this idea actually; there is something incredibly different between interacting with most engineers who like literature and people whose primary interest is literature. My interest in aspects of the humanities is also quite strong, so I have found myself considering this distinction.</p>
<p>There is, however, some merit to considering: what if you don't go to MIT? Unless you're going to some school that has a really strong undergraduate humanities interest, you may find that instead of techie humanities students, you will interact with a lot of humanities students who take it as the "soft option" compared to a major like engineering. Of course I mean this with due respect - I personally do not think one area of study is actually more intrinsically tough (and indeed, this seems to hold up in the more elite programs).</p>
<p>Another comment: it is good not to be misled by strong departmental rankings in a subject area. Departmental rankings do not necessarily reflect the level of undergraduate interest or proficiency in the given area.</p>