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History Is Marketable!

  • Three out of four employers want new hires with precisely the sorts of skills that the humanities teach: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, as well as written and oral communication.
  • 19 percent of Congress members majored in the humanities.
  • Between 2000 and 2009, humanities majors scored 9 percent higher on the Graduate Management Admission Test than business majors.
  • More humanities courses in college equals a greater probability of civic engagement.
  • Humanities graduates are more widely distributed throughout different economic sectors than degree holders in most other fields.
  • 84 percent of humanities majors are satisfied with their choice of major one year after graduation.
  • The number of humanities majors increased 86.8 percent since 1983.
  • In a 2009 study, it was reported that the median income for students with a bachelor’s in the humanities was between $43,000 and $54,000.  For humanities students at the graduate level the annual income was between $60,000 and $80,000.
  • From 1996-2009 humanities majors represent 20% of students taking the Law School Admission Test, performing better than behavioral and social science majors.



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University of Illinois Springfield
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Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407



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