Liberal Arts General Studies
Types of Degrees Liberal Arts General Studies Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many liberal arts general studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Can You Do With a Liberal Arts General Studies Major?
People with a liberal arts degree often go into the following careers:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts General Studies?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of liberal arts majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||245|
|Hispanic or Latino||184|
Students from other countries are interested in Liberal Arts, too. About 7.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
How Much Do Liberal Arts General Studies Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in liberal arts general studies 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).
One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to liberal arts.
Salaries According to BLS
Liberal Arts majors often go into careers with median salaries of $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 General Studies Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 2,239 schools offered some type of liberal arts general studies program. 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 General Studies Worth It?
The median salary for a liberal arts 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!
- 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
More about our data sources and methodologies.