What Can You do with a Degree in the Humanities and the Arts?

We have ample evidence that Rice students who study the humanities and the arts, whether they have pursued single or double majors, fare exceedingly well in their career or graduate school pursuits. Significant numbers of our students go on to careers in law, medicine, business, public policy, education, journalism, arts, technology, nonprofits and more. In fact, Rice humanities majors and minors are highly competitive applicants to the most competitive PhD, M.A. and law school programs.

The critical analysis and interpretative, argumentative and oral presentation skills our students develop in their School of Humanities courses provide important leverage in an ever-changing job market. The particular agility, creativity, critical and collaborative capacities of Humanities graduates have gained increasing recognition, along with their nimble adaptation to changing technologies and mobile and team-based cultures of work.

Despite the dire warnings and broad skepticism about the relevance of the humanistic fields in addressing the urgent challenges of our times, our students’ trajectories show that preparation in the humanities and the arts is more important than ever.

What can you do with a humanities degree


Top areas of continued study for School of Humanities graduates:

1. Law
2. Medicine
3. Philosophy4. Tie: Accounting, Divinity, History, Public Health, Sociology
5. Tie: Business, International Relations, Journalism, Linguistics


Top industries for School of Humanities graduates:

1. Management Consulting
2. Education, Training and Library Occupations
3. Internet and Software
4. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
5. K-12 Education

Top employers for School of Humanities graduates:

1. Teach for America

2. Accenture

3. Tie: Deloitte and Peace Corps

4. Meta

5. Tie: Bain and Company, Houston Independent School District, Rice University, YES Prep


Top graduate schools for School of Humanities graduates:

1. Rice University

2. Baylor College of Medicine

3. Columbia University

4. Tie: University of Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Duke University

5. Tie: Cornell University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Harvard University, New York University