Liberal Arts Requirements
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There are now many subjects that fall within the broad scope of the liberal arts category; a typical liberal arts degree program is interdisciplinary, covering topics within the humanities, as well as social, natural and formal sciences. The liberal arts spectrum covers the following fields:
Humanities – includes art, literature, linguistics, philosophy, religion, ethics, modern foreign languages, music, theater, speech, classical languages (Latin/Greek) etc.
Social sciences – includes history, psychology, law, sociology, politics, gender studies, anthropology, economics, geography, business informatics, etc.
Natural sciences – includes astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, botany, archaeology, zoology, geology, Earth sciences, etc.
Formal sciences – includes mathematics, logic, statistics, etc.
Liberal Arts Careers
The career trajectory of people with a Liberal Arts degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Liberal Arts degrees have experience in is Food Server, followed by Preschool Teacher, Barista, Receptionist, Childcare Worker, Library Assistant, Journalist, Copywriter, Social Media Manager, and Teacher Assistant.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Social Media Manager||1.2%||0.4%||2.9×|
Liberal Arts Salary
Liberal Arts graduates earn on average $32k, putting them in the 15th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$25k|
|Median (average earners)||$32k|
|75th (top earners)||$42k|
Liberal Arts Underemployment
Liberal Arts graduates are not very well employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||61%|