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January 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Poll: Is it worthwhile to major in the liberal arts?

Liberal arts majors aren’t destined to a lifetime of low earnings, according to a new report from the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Researchers looked at Census data and found that workers who studied the humanities or social sciences as undergraduates make about $2,000 more per year during their peak earning ages — defined as between 56 and 60 years old — than their peers who majored in professional or pre-professional fields.

Even so, stories about liberal arts graduates who are unemployed or working at Starbucks remain abundant.

What do you think? Are liberal arts degrees worthwhile? Weigh in on the poll below, and share your personal experiences in the comment form. A selection of thoughtful responses may appear on the Education Lab blog at a later date.

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