A History Degree Is Versatile and Marketable!
- A 2011 report issued by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University (“What’s It Worth: The Economic Value of College Majors”) found that the median income for individuals with a History B.A. degree is the highest in the Humanities and Liberal Arts category. The median income for individuals with a B.A. in History is $50,000 overall and $57,000 for U.S. History. The same report indicated that there is a significant boost in earnings for individuals with an M.A. in History.
- 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.
- From 1996-2009 humanities majors represent 20% of students taking the Law School Admission Test, performing better than behavioral and social science majors.
- “What’s It Worth: The Economic Value of College Majors.” Center on Education and the Workforce. https://cew.georgetown.edu/report/whats-it-worth-the-economic-value-of-college-majors/
- “Humanities Report Card 2013.” American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Accessed 12/10/13. http://www.amacad.org/binaries/hum_report_card.pdf.
- “The Humanities Declining? Not According to the Numbers.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Published 7/1/2013. Accessed 12/10/13. http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Humanities-Declining-Not/140093/.
- “The Humanities: What Went Right?” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Published 7/3/13. Accessed 12/10/13. http://www.chronicle.com/blogs.conservation/2013/07/03/the-humanities-what-went-right/.
- “The Humanities Workforce.” Humanities Indicators. Published 11/23/2011. Accessed 12/10/13. http://www.humanitiesindicators.org/content/hrcoIIIB.aspx#topIII3.