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Liberal Arts & Humanities Major

Liberal arts / sciences and humanities is a major that typically falls into the Liberal Arts & Humanities category.

There are 2,217 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities, 1,479 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 243 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 24 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Degree?

This is one of the most frequently chosen college majors. It is the most popular in the country with students graduating with a bachelor’s in liberal arts / sciences and humanities in 2017. The major attracts more women than men. About 64.2% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 3.4%
  • Black or African American: 14.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 14.3%
  • White: 56.2%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.2%
  • Other Races: 9.2%
Liberal Arts & Humanities Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. About 2.2% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors to the U.S. are.

What Can You Do With a Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with liberal arts / sciences and humanities:

Careers Related to Liberal Arts & Humanities
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary




Liberal Arts & Humanities Major Salary

Liberal arts / sciences and humanities majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $77,000 to $77,000. This range includes 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Major  ( 77000 to 77000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Online Liberal Arts & Humanities Programs

There are 1,479 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities, with 296 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is a Liberal Arts & Humanities Major Worth It?

The median salary for a liberal arts / sciences and humanities grad is $77,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 98% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $761,800 after 20 years!

liberal arts / sciences and humanities salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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