U.S News and World Report, the global authority in education rankings, released its 2022 best graduate programs and four departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences made the cut.
Each year, the magazine ranks graduate programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing. The latest 2022 rankings included graduate programs in the humanities.
The rankings are based on different measures in each field, but generally include data about incoming students, academic outcomes for graduates and career advancement. The humanities rankings are determined by ratings from academic experts.
The magazine’s latest rankings of graduate programs in the humanities include the following programs:
Economics, tied for 53rd overall and 29th among publics
The Department of Economics offers master’s and doctoral degrees in economics and agricultural economics. Each program emphasizes rigorous analysis and advanced training in economic theory, econometrics and several traditional and novel applied fields.
Iowa State’s graduate program in economics is jointly administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Sociology, tied for 70th overall and 46th among publics
The Department of Sociology’s graduate program offers master’s and doctoral programs in sociology and rural sociology. Areas of study include social and economic inequality, rural sociology and criminal justice. The graduate program offers scholarships and assistantships, as well as career-advancing teaching and research opportunities.
Iowa State’s graduate program in sociology is jointly administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
English, tied for 108th overall and 68th among publics
The graduate studies program in the Department of English supports coursework and research in a wide range of programs including: applied linguistics and technology, creative writing and environment, rhetoric and professional communication, and more. The program offers generous funding at the master’s and doctoral levels as well as professional development and community-building opportunities.
History, tied for 106th overall and 69th among publics
The Department of History offers a master of arts in history and a doctoral program in rural, agricultural, technological and environmental history. Grounded in the land-grant mission, the program prepares beginning scholars for careers in academia, government, the public sphere and private enterprise. Students are offered opportunities to study and research with leading historians and participate in seminars, original research, conferences and internships. Graduates often go on to study at the doctoral level at leading universities or pursue careers in a range of history-related fields.
Fresh science graduate program rankings available in 2022
U.S. News and World Report releases rankings for graduate programs in the humanities, sciences and other disciplines, on a rotating basis. Science graduate programs were ranked in 2018 with six Iowa State programs making the list.
Those 2018 programs include:
Statistics, 20th overall, 11th among publics
Chemistry, 48th overall and 28th among publics
Physics, 52nd overall and 32nd among publics
Computer Science, 61st overall and 35th among publics
Math, 66th overall and 38th among publics
Biological Sciences, 73rd overall and 39th among publics
Psychology, 90th overall and 56th among publics
To read a complete U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate Schools list, visit the publication’s website.