MYTH: Humanities majors struggle to find jobs.
REALITY: When it comes to getting a job, humanities majors experience rates of unemployment (3.6% for History, 3.7% for languages and literatures) similar to those of business majors (3.7%), physics majors (3.4%), or criminal justice majors (3.8%).
But the truth is you shouldn’t worry about getting a job with any of these majors. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the government organization that compiles this data, none of these rates are significantly different from the average for all fields of study. This means that while people tend to have strong opinions about some majors setting you up for stability and prosperity and others setting you up for a lifetime of financial insecurity, the fact is that the differences in unemployment rate are negligible.
Humanities Works is a project by Aaron Hanlon, Eric Hayot, and Anna Kornbluh.