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- 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.
- “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.