Liberal Arts & Humanities
Types of Degrees Liberal Arts & Humanities Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many liberal arts / sciences and humanities graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Can You Do With a Liberal Arts & Humanities Major?
People with a liberal arts / sciences and humanities degree often go into the following careers:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts & Humanities?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||245|
|Hispanic or Latino||184|
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities appeals to people across the globe. About 7.2% of those with this major are international students.
How Much Do Liberal Arts & Humanities Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that liberal arts / sciences and humanities students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $45,700 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $41,000 (25th percentile) and $50,850 (75th percentile).
We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to liberal arts / sciences and humanities so take that into consideration.
Salaries According to BLS
The median salary for someone in a career related to liberal arts / sciences and humanities is $76,990. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Online Liberal Arts & Humanities Programs
In 2018-2019, 2,239 schools offered a liberal arts / sciences and humanities program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||192||37|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||314||81|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||10||3|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||30||2|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Liberal Arts & Humanities Worth It?
The median salary for a liberal arts / sciences and humanities grad is $76,990 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 93% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $741,800 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Liberal Arts & Humanities
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to liberal arts / sciences and humanities.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Visual & Performing Arts||153,295|
|English Language & Literature||59,299|
|Foreign Languages & Linguistics||34,386|
|Theology & Religious Vocations||32,172|
|Philosophy & Religious Studies||16,252|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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