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After Graduation: Where A&S Students Land

One of the most commonly asked questions about programs in the College of Arts & Sciences is:

"What type of career will I be able to pursue with a liberal arts degree?"

But before one can adequately address the question, let's consider the opportunities offered to A&S students - from over 80 majors, 29 minors, and 10 certificate programs. A&S students are given the opportunity to:

  • read widely and critically
  • study the origins and uses of language
  • develop high level thinking and writing skills
  • hone analytical and decision making skills, and
  • learn to synthesize, i.e., bring order out of disorder

Clearly, these transferable skills are useful when seeking employment. Transferable skills and a broad knowledge base make A&S majors extremely attractive to both employers and graduate schools.

A liberal arts degree benefits job-seeking students in these economically uncertain times. People who are intellectually curious – have academic breadth and depth, and have acquired a wide range of skills and knowledge – are valuable employees! A degree from the College of Arts & Sciences also:

  • Promotes flexibility.
  • Provides a foundation to work in diverse fields over a lifetime.
  • Offers lessons that can be drawn on throughout your student career—and for a lifetime.

The demands of today's economy and the current scarcity of employment opportunities have added to student fears and concerns about life after graduation. But, in fact, a liberal arts degree allows graduates to be flexible, competitive, and fundamentally desirable to a variety of potential employers. Here's why:

  • A major is never a guarantee to any particular job -- although there are likely connections.
  • Employers want to hire well-rounded employees who can market their skills and accomplishments -- regardless of major.
  • Popular jobs today could be obsolete jobs tomorrow.
  • The fundamental value of a liberal arts degree is—preparation for the unknown.

What A&S students can do to prepare for employment now and in the future

  • Visit the Center for Career and Leadership Development early and often.
  • Identify potential career goals.
  • Take courses related to your career goals.
  • Volunteer or obtain part-time work in your field of interest.
  • Earn a leadership certificate by participating in the CLDC Leadership Series. Both a Professional Leadership Certificate and a 21st Century Leadership Certificate are offered.
  • Contact alumni who work in your field of interest – Network!
  • Arrange for an internship in your field of interest:

Returning to the critical question posed above:
"What type of career will I be able to pursue with a liberal arts degree?"
The answer is simple – whatever career you choose.

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