Best universities in the US for arts and humanities degrees 2022

Submitted by Joy.Hunter@tim… on Wed, 11/03/2021 - 09:46

Arts and humanities subjects include history, English literature, philosophy, languages and architecture (scroll down for a full list of subjects and what you can do with them).

As home to four of the top six universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, the US is a top destination for many students looking to study arts and humanities subjects.  

Universities in the US allow students flexibility when it comes to their studies, in the form of majors and minors. Students might choose to major in a specialist subject, but minor in another discipline, or take a range of elective courses across the arts and humanities in order to graduate with a liberal arts degree.

Below are the top five US universities for arts and humanities degrees, according to data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

1. Stanford University

The School of Humanities and Sciences is the largest school at Stanford University and has become a centre of liberal arts teaching and research.

There are 23 departments within the school including art and art history, biology, economics, English, history and mathematics.

The school offers a range of undergraduate majors and minors, joint majors, and honours programmes. There are also 44 masters and 33 doctoral degree programmes available as well as 25 interdisciplinary programmes.

The Humanities and Sciences Summer Research Programmes are fully funded by the school and designed to encourage students from underrepresented groups in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to consider studying for a doctoral programme.

The school is home to a number of centres, institutes and affiliates that facilitate research projects throughout the year. These include the Archaeology Centre, the Centre for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and the Suppes Centre for History and Philosophy of Science.


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2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is one of five schools at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

There are 16 disciplines within the school including global languages, economics, history, literature, music, philosophy, and theatre arts. Each discipline offers a range of both undergraduate and graduate courses, and students can combine modules across disciplines to build a broad academic foundation across arts and humanities subjects.

Areas of research include improving health policy, understanding human language, alleviating poverty, safeguarding elections, planning space policy and assessing the impact of new technology.

3. Harvard University

The Division of Arts and Humanities at Harvard University is organised into 15 departments, which include Classics, comparative literature, folklore and mythology, history of art and architecture and history and literature.

Each department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programmes. There are also four interdisciplinary undergraduate degree programmes for students looking to combine the arts and humanities with another discipline.

There are a number of world-class research centres and museums within the division. These include the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the Mahindra Humanities Center, and the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. There is also the Semitic Museum, which is home to rare manuscripts, artefacts and documents that are available to arts and humanities students.

Arts and humanities students are offered various international experiences. Those studying classics or history of art and architecture are given the opportunity to travel abroad with their professors. Other departments such as romance languages and literatures offer faculty-led summer programmes that enable students to study overseas for an extended period of time.

4. Princeton University 

Princeton University offers a liberal arts education to all undergraduate students, encouraging students to take courses across the arts, humanities, natural sciences engineering and social sciences. 

At Princeton University all arts and humanities courses sit within the faculty of humanities. There is a wide range of courses that students can choose from including comparative literature, history, linguistics, musicology and visual arts among many others. 

The university offers the Humanities Sequence, which is a year-long introduction to Western history, philosophy, and literature from antiquity to the 20th century. This course is taught through a range of lectures and seminars as well as trips to museums, plays and art galleries. 

5. The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago was founded in 1890. It is home to a number of schools, divisions and institutes including the Division of the Humanities.

The division is organised into 16 academic departments, offering 18 degree programmes. There are three master’s programmes: digital studies, the master of arts programme in the humanities, and Middle Eastern studies. There are also 15 PhD programmes including art history, English language and literature, and Eastern languages and civilisations. The division also offers an MFA programme in visual arts.

Within the interdisciplinary centre are a number of facilities where research and teaching are conducted. These include the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, The University of Chicago Language Center, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.


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Top universities in the US for arts and humanities degrees 2022

Click each institution to view its World University Rankings 2022 profile

US Arts and Humanities Rank 2022 WUR Arts and Humanities Rank 2022 University  State
1 1 Stanford University California
2 2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts
3 6 Harvard University Massachusetts
4 7 Princeton University New Jersey
5 8 The University of Chicago Illinois
6 9 University of California, Berkeley California
7 11 Columbia University New York
8 12 Yale University Connecticut
9 13 University of California, Los Angeles California
10 14 University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
11 16 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Michigan
12 17 New York University New York
13 =21 Cornell University New York
14 31 Duke University North Carolina
15 41 Johns Hopkins University Maryland
16 =42 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey New Jersey
17 50 University of Texas at Austin Texas 
18 52 University of Notre Dame Indiana
19 =54 Brown University Rhode Island
20 =64 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pennsylvania
21 66 Michigan State University Michigan
22 =69 University of California, San Diego California
23 71 University of Wisconsin -Madison Wisconsin
24 75 Northwestern University Illinois
25 77 Carnegie Mellon University Pennsylvania
=26 =78 University of Maryland, College Park Maryland
=26 =78 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina
28 84 University of Southern California California
29 86 University of Washington Washington
30 89 Georgetown University Washington DC
31 92 Indiana University Indiana
32 96 University of Arizona Arizona
=33 101–125 Boston University Massachusetts
=33 101–125 University of California, Santa Barbara California
=33 101–125 Emory University Georgia
=33 101–125 Ohio State University (Main campus) Ohio
=37 126–150 Arizona State University (Tempe) Arizona
=37 126–150 Boston College Massachusetts
=37 126–150 University of California, Davis California
=37 126–150 University of California, Irvine California
=37 126–150 Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia
=37 126–150 University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Hawai'i
=37 126–150 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois
=37 126–150 University of Massachusetts Massachusetts
=37 126–150 Penn State (Main campus) Pennsylvania
=37 126–150 University of Virginia (Main campus) Virginia
47 151–175 University of Minnesota Minneso
=48 176–200 University of California, Santa Cruz California
=48 176–200 University of Colorado Boulder Colorado
=48 176–200 University of Connecticut Connecticut
=48 176–200 Washington University in St Louis Missouri
=52 201–250 Dartmouth College New Hampshire
=52 201–250 University of Oregon Oregon
=52 201–250 Rice University Texas 
=52 201–250 Stony Brook University New York
=52 201–250 Texas A&M University Texas 
=52 201–250 Vanderbilt University Tennessee
=58 251–300 University of California, Merced California
=58 251–300 Florida State University Flori
=58 251–300 University of Georgia Georgia
=58 251–300 Georgia State University Georgia
=58 251–300 Iowa State University Iowa
=58 251–300 University of Miami Florida
=58 251–300 Mizzou - University of Missouri Missouri
=58 251–300 The New School New York
=58 251–300 Northern Arizona University Arizona
=58 251–300 University of Rochester New York
=68 301–400 University of California, Riverside California
=68 301–400 University of Florida Florida
=68 301–400 George Washington University Washington DC
=68 301–400 University of Iowa Iowa
=68 301–400 Northeastern University Massachusetts
=68 301–400 Temple University Pennsylvania
=68 301–400 Tufts University Massachusetts
=68 301–400 University of Utah Utah
=68 301–400 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia
=68 301–400 University of Alabama Alabama
=68 301–400 University at Buffalo New York
=68 301–400 University of Delaware Delaware
=68 301–400 University of Denver Denver
=68 301–400 University of Illinois at Chicago Illinois
=68 301–400 University of Kansas Kansas
=68 301–400 University of Memphis Tennessee
=68 301–400 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska
=68 301–400 University of South Carolina-Columbia South Carolina
=86 401–500 University of Arkansas Arkansas
=86 401–500 Auburn University Alabama
=86 401–500 Baylor University Texas 
=86 401–500 Bowling Green State University Ohio
=86 401–500 Brandeis University Massachusetts
=86 401–500 Case Western Reserve University Ohio
=86 401–500 Clemson University South Carolina
=86 401–500 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Colorado
=86 401–500 Drexel University Pennsylvania
=86 401–500 George Mason University Virginia
=86 401–500 University of Houston Texas 
=86 401–500 University of Kentucky Kentucky
=86 401–500 Lehigh University Pennsylvania
=86 401–500 Louisiana State University Louisiana
=86 401–500 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Nevada
=86 401–500 University of North Carolina at Charlotte North Carolina
=86 401–500 University of North Carolina at Greensboro North Carolina
=86 401–500 North Carolina State University North Carolina
=86 401–500 Oklahoma State University Oklahoma
=86 401–500 SUNY University at Albany New York
=86 401–500 SUNY Binghamton University New York
=86 401–500 Saint Louis University Missouri
=86 401–500 University of South Florida Florida
=86 401–500 Syracuse University New York
=86 401–500 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville Tennessee
=86 401–500 University of Texas at Arlington Texas 
=86 401–500 University of Texas at Dallas Texas 
=86 401–500 University of Texas at El Paso Texas 
=86 401–500 Tulane University Louisiana
=86 401–500 Washington State University Washington
=86 401–500 William & Mary Virginia
=86 401–500 University of Wyoming Wyoming
=118 501+ University of Central Florida Florida
=118 501+ Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado
=118 501+ Florida Atlantic University Florida
=118 501+ Florida International University Florida
=118 501+ Kansas State University Kansas
=118 501+ Kent State University Ohio
=118 501+ Marquette University Wisconsin
=118 501+ Mississippi State University Mississippi
=118 501+ Northern Illinois University Illinois
=118 501+ Ohio University (Main campus) Ohio
=118 501+ Portland State University Oregon
=118 501+ San Diego State University California
=118 501+ The University of Texas at San Antonio Texas 
=118 501+ Texas State University Texas 
=118 501+ Texas Tech University Texas 
=118 501+ Wake Forest University North Carolina
=118 501+ Wayne State University Michigan
=118 501+ Western Michigan University Michigan
=118 501+ University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee Wisconsin

 

 

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