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Humanities / Liberal Studies
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Area

Education *specialization at the graduate level may be expected

  • Higher Education:
    • Teaching
    • Research
    • Administration
    • Admissions
    • Financial aid
    • Academic advising and student support services
    • Development
    • Alumni affairs

  • Higher education continued:
    • International education and study abroad
    • Residence life
    • Student activities
    • Orientation
    • Leadership
    • Greek life
    • Multicultural affairs
  • Library/information science

  • Primary and secondary education:
    • Teaching
    • Administration
  • Community education:
    • Literacy
    • English speakers of other languages (ESOL)
    • GED preparation
    • Tutoring

Employers

  • Universities and colleges
  • Academic support programs, (e.g., Educational Advancement Program, Upward Bound)
  • School and community libraries
  • K-12 schools, public and private

  • Head Start programs
  • Private learning centers
  • Test preparation organizations
  • Adult education programs (e.g., GED preparation)
  • Museums

  • Nonprofit education organizations:
    • Americorp VISTA
    • Teach for America
    • Peace Corps
  • Language institutes, local and abroad

Strategies

  • Earn a Ph.D. to teach and research at four-year institutions
  • Obtain a master’s degree in student affairs, higher education administration, or library/ information science
  • Fulfill requirements for certification if interested in K-12 teaching, which may involve a double major or a minor.
  • Research alternative paths to teacher certification such as Teach for America and other similar programs
  • Engage in campus leadership programs
  • Join related professional associations as a student member
  • Demonstrate applied competency in oral and written communication
  • Secure strong recommendations from faculty and maintain a high grade point average.
  • Conduct research with a faculty member or take an independent study class to develop research skills

Area

Advocacy

  • Domestic and international Advocacy
  • Humanitarian services
  • Development:
    • Economic
    • Community
    • Housing

  • Disaster/disease Relief
  • HIV/AIDS Advocacy
  • Policy development
  • Program administration
  • Education

  • Volunteer coordination
  • Grant writing
  • Fundraising/development
  • Research

Employers

  • Community action agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Private voluntary organizations

  • Faith based organizations (FBO)
  • International aid and relief organizations
  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGO)

  • Federal government agencies with an international focus, (e.g., Peace Corps, USAID) or community assistance focus, (e.g., Americorps)
  • State and local government agencies
  • Research organizations

Strategies

  • Engage in extensive volunteer work
  • Participate in service learning experiences
  • Take additional courses in critical theories, global studies, or other relevant areas
  • Develop proficiency in a second or third language
  • Learn how to motivate individuals and groups through on-campus leadership positions
  • Demonstrate applied competency in research, grant writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Develop and demonstrate global and intercultural fluency

Area

Social Services

*specialization at the graduate level is required

  • Counseling*
  • Psychotherapy*
  • Mental health services

  • Case management
  • Programming
  • Community relations

  • Fundraising/development
  • Administration

Employers

  • Mental health institutions
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Private and group practice

  • Correctional institutions
  • Federal, state, or local government
  • Public welfare agencies designed to provide services and support to people who are part of marginalized groups
  • Youth organizations and camps

  • Nonprofit and social services organizations that work to enhance the quality of living for specific groups of people
  • Church-based programs

Strategies

  • Take additional courses in psychology, social work, or child and family studies.
  • Earn a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, or social work
  • Gain experience through internships and part-time jobs
  • Volunteer with organizations that assist people of diverse backgrounds
  • Participate in training opportunities (e.g., suicide prevention or crisis hotline response)
  • Acquire knowledge of government and community resources for those in need

Area

Media and Arts

  • Creative writing
  • Freelance writing
  • Copy writing
  • Editing

  • Museum work
  • Arts programming
  • Art sales

  • Research and analysis
  • Fundraising and development

Employers

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Broadcast media companies including television and movie industry
  • Radio stations
  • Foreign news agencies

  • Trade, professional, or consumer publications
  • Internet marketing sites
  • Advertising agencies
  • Publishing houses
  • Large corporations

  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Organizations and centers devoted to the promotion of the arts
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Self-employed, freelance

Strategies

  • Take additional courses in journalism, communications, writing, and marketing
  • Engage with the local arts community
  • Pursue a relevant graduate degree such as museum studies
  • Write for campus publications such as college newspapers, magazines, or newsletters
  • Work at the campus radio or television station
  • Create organizational or departmental social media campaigns
  • Use your interests and communication skills to write about topics of interest for specific publications, (e.g., local sport magazines).
  • Intern with a publishing house, magazine, radio, or television station
  • Create a portfolio of writing samples, especially those that have been published
  • Seek opportunities for recognition and networking through writing contests and freelance writing submissions
  • Become familiar with the proposal and submission process involved in freelance writing

Area

Law and Government *further education required

  • Law*:
    • Corporate
    • Public Interest Law
    • Civil Law
  • Lobbying

  • Government relations
  • Elected or appointed leadership
  • Research
  • Public administration*

  • Intelligence
  • Campaign management
  • Special interest advocacy

Employers

  • Law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Public defenders offices

  • District attorneys
  • Public interest groups
  • Civil rights organizations
  • Legal aid

  • Sole practitioner
  • Government agencies
  • Lobbying groups

Strategies

  • Law: obtain a juris doctorate (J.D.) degree
  • Government: obtain a master’s degree in Public Policy (MPP) or Public Administration (MPA)
  • Participate in activities that develop strong debate and public speaking skills
  • Conduct law and policy research
  • Join the campus pre-law society
  • Gain relevant experience through internships or part-time jobs
  • Maintain a high grade point average and earn strong faculty recommendations
  • Participate in a local, state, or federal government internship program

Area

Business *may require a double major or minor in a relevant area of study

  • Management
  • Customer service
  • Sales and marketing
  • Advertising and public relations

  • Human resources
  • Training and development
  • Equity and diversity functions

  • International business
  • Importing/exporting
  • Travel and tourism

Employers

  • Public and private corporations in various industries:
    • Banks and financial institutions
    • Insurance companies
    • Retail stores
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Consumer goods manufacturers
    • Multinational businesses

  • Staffing agencies
  • Consulting firms
  • Market research firms

  • Public relations agencies
  • Travel agencies and tour operators
  • Convention and visitors’ bureaus

Strategies

  • Double major or minor in business.
  • Gain business experience through internships or part-time work
  • Join campus organizations or professional societies and hold leadership positions
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals to learn more about career fields
  • Earn an MBA or a graduate degree in another area of interest for more advanced opportunities
  • Demonstrate professional competencies specific to business-related industries

General Information

  • Liberal studies and humanities provide an interdisciplinary background that helps students develop analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills
  • When paired with a major in another field, humanities can enhance one’s preparedness with a deeper understanding of global cultures and histories
  • Because liberal studies and humanities are interdisciplinary majors, one must develop skills relevant to the targeted areas above through internships and volunteer experiences
  • Graduate education is recommended for these majors which requires a high GPA, established relationships with faculty, research experience, strong letters of recommendations, and relevant experience through volunteering or part-time work
  • Make informed career decisions by conducting informational interviews and job shadowing with professionals in one or more industry of interest