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 2017-2018 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 Bachelor’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||6,694|
|Hispanic or Latino||6,562|
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities appeals to people across the globe. About 2.2% of those with this major are international students.
How Much Do Liberal Arts & Humanities Majors Make?
Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary
The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities was $30,200 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $26,400 (25th percentile) and $33,900 (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
Liberal Arts / Sciences and Humanities majors often go into careers with median salaries of $76,990. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
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 2017-2018, 2,257 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)||149||29|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||291||65|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||13||4|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||24||1|
|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||154,258|
|English Language & Literature||57,989|
|Foreign Languages & Linguistics||34,883|
|Theology & Religious Vocations||31,559|
|Philosophy & Religious Studies||16,163|
- 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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