American Arts and Humanities Colleges have just earned the top ranking in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2014-2015! Our programs, values, and methods are filling minds with great knowledge and putting coveted graduation caps on bright young heads like yours—and the world is taking notice.
Despite tough competition from burgeoning liberal arts scenes in countries like England and Italy, THE found the study of liberal arts, social sciences, and humanities are currently dominated by students and faculty right here in the USA. This means if you’d like a world-class education, you don’t have to look very far.
Here are the reasons why:
Promising Career Prospects for U.S. Humanities Education Grads
American humanities education won its top place partially due to its students’ success and projected earnings in comparison to those of other country’s humanities students.
“This is good news for liberal arts majors and follows the general trend over the past two years of increasing starting salaries for new college graduates,” says Marilyn Mackes, executive director of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
The rankings also took into consideration per capita academic performance—meaning American arts and humanities studies were proven to consistently produce high-achieving students and graduates.
A Tight Humanities Studies Student to Staff Ratio
With a tight student-to-staff ratio, everybody counts—and nobody falls through the cracks. Small class sizes are a known benefit of liberal arts and humanities colleges, but THE rankings show American colleges protect their small sizes more than most top international universities, which have larger class sizes on average.
Small liberal arts colleges can give each student the individualized attention they deserve.
For example, at Shimer, the average class size is just 7. Over its entire 160-year history, Shimer’s enrollment has averaged only about 125 students. Keeping it small makes for a strong sense of community, and offers each student open access to Shimer’s many resources—like how 100 per cent of Shimer students receive financial aid from the university.
A Friendly Environment for International Students
Times Higher Education takes international student enrollment into consideration as a measure of each country’s international reputation. It was international student appeal that helped American arts and humanities schools edge out the others (English and Italian institutions in particular) to claim this year’s top THE rankings.
It’s true that you can find a diverse cross-section of students at most American liberal arts universities. If you take the opportunity to attend Shimer, you’ll become part of a close-knit, vibrant, and diverse student population. Varied perspectives on campus enhance the college community as a whole by bringing more ideas and diverse experiences to the table—what liberal arts college is all about.
Most Trusted Citations by Industry Peers
Publications like The Harvard Educational Review and Time Magazine recognize top liberal arts colleges like Shimer as having “an ideal intellectual climate.” But how do respected higher education surveys calculate the impact or intellectual influence of a college’s academic work?
In humanities education, books are our most trusted tools for imparting knowledge and reporting research. By considering how frequently they are cited by industry peers, organizations like THE get an idea of how meaningful each country’s academic contributions may be.
You’ll find work from American humanities professors cited throughout the humanities lexicon.
The Times Higher Education survey found that American liberal arts schools enjoyed the highest frequency of citations in published academic papers worldwide.
For any student hoping to make their mark on academia, meet a diverse student body, interact with leading professors, and set themselves up for long-term career success, rankings like these show an American humanities degree is a great place to start.
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