Not All English Majors Become Waiters


A recent study conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) determined that humanities and social science majors actually surpass preprofessoinal majors in terms of median salary in the peak earning years of their lives. According to the study, humanities and social science majors earn over $2,000 more between the ages of 56 and 60 than those who major in preprofessional fields, such as nursing or business.

Having invalidated the stigma that a graduating with a humanities major leads to a petty, underpaid profession, the study points to the breadth of a humanities or social science education as reason for the financial success of students majoring in these fields. According to the report, “4 out of 5 employers agree that all students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.”

Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein recently echoed this sentiment on a panel at the World Economic Forum: “You shouldn’t enter college worried about what you will do when you exit.” 

English majors: there is hope.


— Hans Prakash