A History Degree Is Versatile, Marketable, and Potentially Lucrative!
In addition to the intrinsically interesting and important questions that History asks about our selves, nation, world, cultures, the environment, and time, the History degree offers its majors the opportunity to develop skill sets that are in high demand across a wide range of fields–check out the ideas and links below.
- Employment growth has been extremely high for majors teaching “soft skills” and “thinking skills”: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, as well as written and oral communication.
- Three out of four employers want new hires with precisely the sorts of skills that the humanities teach.
- History majors make more over the course of a lifetime than many other majors, including those in STEM.
- A 2011 report issued by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University 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.
- 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.
- Six Myths about Choosing a College Major (New York Times, 11/3/2017) highlights the flexibility and success enjoyed by History majors.
- “What’s It Worth: The Economic Value of College Majors.” Center on Education and the Workforce.
- “The Humanities Declining? Not According to the Numbers.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Published 7/1/2013. Accessed 12/10/13.
- “The Humanities Workforce.” Humanities Indicators. Published 11/23/2011. Accessed 12/10/13.
Famous History Majors