The liberal arts, of which the humanities and social sciences are a part, have long been the cornerstone of an undergraduate education, and the very center of the university. In more recent years, however, students, parents, and politicians have also worried that a liberal arts education will not provide the basis for obtaining a good job.
The data do not support this fear, nor does our experience in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). We invite you to look below at the rates for particular degrees offered by the college among people aged 25 to 45. While unemployment rates now are generally low, the biggest difference in rates of unemployment are not among different degrees, but between the holders of at least a baccalaureate degree, and those who have not earned this degree.
The message: get a degree in a field you love and in which you'll succeed. Not having a baccalaureate degree puts you at much higher risk for unemployment than those differences among baccalaureate degree holders.
Source: IPUMS-USA, University of Minnesota (ACS 2017 1-year Estimates), www.ipums.org.