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Department of History University of Illinois Springfield

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.

 

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