In era of high costs, humanities come under attack

Posted on April 4th, 2013

Are humanities degrees worth the money? This great article from HechingerEd explores the role and value of a humanities degree in an increasingly tech-based society.


Popular culture, too, often dismisses the value of humanities degrees. The science major asks why something works, goes an old joke; the engineering major asks how it works, the accounting major asks how much it will cost, and the humanities major asks, ‘Do you want fries with that?'” -Jon Marcus

While often disaparaged, a humanities degree doesn’t necessary mean a life of minimum wage solitude. However, it’s important to keep in mind that students are more likely to get a job with a degree in the sciences than in the humanities, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce reported.

Science degrees also have more earning potential. The average humanities major will make $36,988 a year out of college vs. $61,913 for an engineer, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

When deciding which college to attend and weighing your financial options, it’s certainly important to keep your major in mind. But your major is just one of several factors to consider when evaluating the value of your college degree. Other factors–such as the amount of financial aid you receive, potential connections, and the prestige of the school, can be equally important, depending on your goals and financial situation.

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