The share of grasp’s and doctoral levels awarded within the humanities in 2020 hit a report low, in keeping with a new report launched on Friday by the Humanities Indicators venture of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The report, “State of the Humanities 2022: From Graduate Training to the Workforce,” depends closely on federal information to look at graduate training within the humanities, together with graduate-degree tendencies, profession outcomes, the state of the professoriate, and the dearth of variety within the area.
“To see the share of our levels falling to ranges I’ve by no means seen earlier than,” mentioned Robert B. Townsend, program director for arts, arts, and tradition on the Academy of Arts & Sciences, “that was actually shocking.”
The examine’s wide-ranging findings amplify some acquainted tendencies in disciplines like English language and literature, historical past, overseas languages and literature, and philosophy, amongst others, which have lengthy been framed as being “in disaster.” The report additionally highlights the declines in humanities-faculty positions and in educational job advertisements for arts Ph.D.s, long-running tendencies which have fueled the dismal educational job market that graduate-degree holders within the humanities face.
However a vivid spot emerged within the information: Regardless of their median earnings being lower than their counterparts in most different fields, about 90 % of recipients of graduate levels within the humanities have been glad with their jobs (whether or not employed in academe or not) in 2019 — in keeping with grasp’s and Ph.D. holders in different fields, the report mentioned.
The info, though useful in figuring out tendencies, nonetheless leaves “many questions unanswered” about the way forward for graduate training within the humanities, the report mentioned. Ph.D. packages within the humanities may endure if “the trail into conventional educational occupations stays slim.” And grasp’s-only graduate packages within the humanities might must navigate a continued decline in folks in search of that credential, in keeping with the report.
“Our hope is that departments and faculties and colleges will have a look at this information and take into consideration how they’re getting ready college students for the longer term and what they’re getting ready them for,” Townsend mentioned.
Right here’s a better have a look at among the examine’s findings: