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Arts & Humanities


“Arts & humanities” is a very big umbrella. It covers many different areas of study, and can lead to just as many different careers. Journalists, film-makers, marketing directors, history researchers, and painters are all part of arts & humanities.

Course Work & Learning Outcomes

No matter what the subject of focus, arts & humanities programs will challenge your communication skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Common majors include:

  • Art and music
  • Communication
  • English
  • Graphic design
  • Journalism
  • Language

Depending on your major, you might learn literary criticism, the ethical philosophy of a particular time or place, mobile app design, technical direction for a film set, or movement in dance.

Career Outlook

There are many jobs to choose from in arts & humanities: graphic designer, magazine editor, musician, photographer — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. According to a study by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the typical median salary for humanities majors with a BA is $50K. For those with an advanced degree in their field, it’s $71K. Your opportunities will depend largely on what you study.