Best universities in the US for arts and humanities degrees 2023

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Top 10 universities in the US for arts and humanities degrees

Scroll down for the full list of best universities for arts and humanities in the US

US arts and humanities rank 2023 WUR arts and humanities rank 2023 University State
1 1 Stanford University California
2 2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts
3 5 Harvard University Massachusetts
4 7 Princeton University New Jersey
5 8 University of California, Berkeley California
6 10 The University of Chicago Illinois
7 11 Columbia University New York
8 12 Yale University Connecticut
9 14 University of California, Los Angeles California
=10 =16 New York University New York
=10 =16 University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania

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 2023, 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 2023.


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5. University of California, Berkeley

The school of arts and humanities at University of California, Berkeley is split into 19 departments and 14 research units, including art history, languages, classics, comparative literature, music and philosophy.

The university offers programmes for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, maintaining smaller class sizes than average in the arts and humanities department.

Notable alumni graduating from the University of California, Berkeley school of arts and humanities includes author and 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner, Viet Thanh Nguyen and actor Chris Pine.

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. 

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.

 

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.

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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Top universities in the US for arts and humanities degrees 2023

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US arts and humanities rank 2023 WUR arts and humanities rank 2023 University State
1 1 Stanford University California
2 2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts
3 5 Harvard University Massachusetts
4 7 Princeton University New Jersey
5 8 University of California, Berkeley California
6 10 The University of Chicago Illinois
7 11 Columbia University New York
8 12 Yale University Connecticut
9 14 University of California, Los Angeles California
=10 =16 New York University New York
=10 =16 University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
12 20 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Michigan
13 25 Cornell University New York
14 =31 Duke University North Carolina
15 45 Johns Hopkins University Maryland
16 48 Brown University Rhode Island
17 49 Rutgers University – New Brunswick New Jersey
18 =55 University of Texas at Austin Texas
19 60 Michigan State University Michigan
20 =63 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pennsylvania
21 =67 University of Notre Dame Indiana
=22 =69 University of California, San Diego California
=22 =69 Carnegie Mellon University Pennsylvania
24 74 University of Washington Washington
25 81 Georgetown University Washington DC
26 82 University of California, Santa Barbara California
27 86 University of Maryland, College Park Maryland
28 89 Northwestern University Illinois
29 =92 University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin
30 98 University of Southern California California
31 100 University of Arizona Arizona
=32 101–125 University of California, Irvine California
=32 101–125 University of Massachusetts Massachusetts
=32 101–125 Ohio State University (Main campus) Ohio
=35 126–150 Arizona State University (Tempe) Arizona
=35 126–150 Boston University Massachusetts
=35 126–150 University of California, Davis California
=35 126–150 Emory University Georgia
=35 126–150 Indiana University Indiana
=35 126–150 University of Minnesota Minnesota
=35 126–150 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina
=35 126–150 University of Virginia (Main campus) Virginia
=43 151–175 University of California, Santa Cruz California
=43 151–175 Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia
=43 151–175 University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Hawaii
=43 151–175 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois
=43 151–175 Penn State (Main campus) Pennsylvania
=48 176–200 University of Colorado Boulder Colorado
=48 176–200 Washington University in St Louis Missouri
=50 201–250 Boston College Massachusetts
=50 201–250 University of Connecticut Connecticut
=50 201–250 Dartmouth College New Hampshire
=50 201–250 Purdue University West Lafayette Indiana
=50 201–250 Rice University Texas
=50 201–250 Vanderbilt University Tennessee
=56 251–300 University at Buffalo New York
=56 251–300 University of Florida Florida
=56 251–300 Florida State University Florida
=56 251–300 Northeastern University Illinois
=56 251–300 Stony Brook University New York
=56 251–300 Texas A&M University Texas
=62 301–400 University of California, Riverside California
=62 301–400 George Washington University Washington
=62 301–400 University of Illinois at Chicago Illinois
=62 301–400 Iowa State University Iowa
=62 301–400 University of Kansas Kansas
=62 301–400 University of Miami Florida
=62 301–400 Mizzou - University of Missouri Missouri
=62 301–400 The New School New York
=62 301–400 North Carolina State University North Carolina
=62 301–400 University of Rochester New York
=62 301–400 Tufts University Massachusetts
=62 301–400 University of Utah Utah
=62 301–400 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia
=62 301–400 Washington State University Washington
=76 401–500 The University of Alabama Alabama
=76 401–500 Auburn University Alabama
=76 401–500 Baylor University Texas
=76 401–500 Bowling Green State University Ohio
=76 401–500 Brandeis University Massachusetts
=76 401–500 Case Western Reserve University Ohio
=76 401–500 Clemson University South Carolina
=76 401–500 University of Delaware Delaware
=76 401–500 University of Denver Colorado
=76 401–500 Drexel University Pennsylvania
=76 401–500 University of Georgia Georgia
=76 401–500 Georgia State University Georgia
=76 401–500 University of Houston Texas
=76 401–500 University of Iowa Iowa
=76 401–500 University of Kentucky Kentucky
=76 401–500 Lehigh University Pennsylvania
=76 401–500 Louisiana State University Louisiana
=76 401–500 University of Memphis Tennessee
=76 401–500 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska
=76 401–500 University of North Carolina at Charlotte North Carolina
=76 401–500 University of North Carolina at Greensboro North Carolina
=76 401–500 Northern Illinois University Illinois
=76 401–500 Oklahoma State University Oklahoma
=76 401–500 Saint Louis University Missouri
=76 401–500 University of South Florida Florida
=76 401–500 SUNY University at Albany New York
=76 401–500 SUNY Binghamton University New York
=76 401–500 Syracuse University New York
=76 401–500 Temple University Pennsylvania
=76 401–500 University of Texas at Arlington Texas
=76 401–500 University of Texas at El Paso Texas
=76 401–500 Tulane University Louisiana
=76 401–500 William & Mary Virginia
=109 501–600 American University Washington
=109 501–600 University of Arkansas Arkansas
=109 501–600 University of Central Florida Florida
=109 501–600 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Colorado
=109 501–600 Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado
=109 501–600 Florida International University Florida
=109 501–600 George Mason University Virginia
=109 501–600 Kansas State University Kansas
=109 501–600 Marquette University Wisconsin
=109 501–600 Mississippi State University Mississippi
=109 501–600 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Nevada
=109 501–600 Ohio University (Main campus) Ohio
=109 501–600 Portland State University Ohio
=109 501–600 San Diego State University California
=109 501–600 University of South Carolina-Columbia South Carolina
=109 501–600 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Illinois
=109 501–600 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville Tennessee
=109 501–600 University of Texas at Dallas Texas
=109 501–600 The University of Texas at San Antonio Texas
=109 501–600 Texas State University Texas
=109 501–600 Texas Tech University Texas
=109 501–600 Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia
=109 501–600 Wake Forest University North Carolina
=109 501–600 Western Michigan University Michigan
=109 501–600 University of Wyoming Wyoming
=134 601+ Florida Atlantic University Florida
=134 601+ Wayne State University Michigan
=134 601+ University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wisconsin
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