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Multicultural & Diversity Studies

180 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
117 Master's Degrees Annually
#255 in Popularity
$85,450 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Multicultural & Diversity Studies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many multicultural and diversity studies graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 180
Master’s Degree 117
Basic Certificate 53
Graduate Certificate 42
Associate’s Degree 14
Undergraduate Certificate 6
Doctor’s Degree 4

What Multicultural & Diversity Studies Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to multiculturalism were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Multiculturalism Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in multiculturalism should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Foreign Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Skills for Multiculturalism Majors

multiculturalism majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Multiculturalism Majors

As a multiculturalism major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Multicultural & Diversity Studies Major?

People with a multiculturalism degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Professors 10.4% $74,440

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Multicultural & Diversity Studies?

180 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
84% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 180 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in multicultural and diversity studies in 2018, making it rank #255 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 84% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of multiculturalism majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Multiculturalism Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 12
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 27
White 121
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Multiculturalism, too. About 3.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • South Korea
  • India
  • China
  • Nigeria
  • Australia

How Much Do Multicultural & Diversity Studies Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in multicultural and diversity studies made a median starting salary of $24,150 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $22,275 (25th percentile) and $26,025 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to multiculturalism.

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to multiculturalism is $85,450. 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.

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Some degrees associated with multiculturalism may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for multiculturalism careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.2%
Master’s Degree 31.5%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 3.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.1%
Doctoral Degree 61.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 4.0%

Online Multicultural & Diversity Studies Programs

In 2017-2018, 72 schools offered a multiculturalism 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) 14 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 7 1
Bachelor’s Degree 11 3
Post-Baccalaureate 14 2
Master’s Degree 15 4
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

Is a Degree in Multicultural & Diversity Studies Worth It?

The median salary for a multiculturalism grad is $85,450 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 114% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $911,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to multiculturalism.

Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 34,540
Biological & Physical Science 27,751
International Studies 8,097
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,179
Nutrition Science 4,990
Behavioral Science 4,502
Natural Sciences 2,445
Cognitive Science 1,875
Sustainability Science 1,682
Gerontology 1,380
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,297
Human Computer Interaction 1,146
Human Biology 1,066
Science, Technology & Society 1,060
Mathematics & Computer Science 833
Museum Studies 778
Systems Theory 694
Computational Science 619
Dispute Resolution 583
Historic Preservation 446
Classical & Ancient Studies 315
Marine Science 243
Cultural Studies & Analysis 236
Biopsychology 158
Medieval Studies 119
Holocaust Studies 54
Accounting & Computer Science 45
Maritime Studies 15

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