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College of Arts and Sciences

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Career Preparation

What can you do with an arts and sciences degree? The sky's the limit. We prepare you for success after college, no matter what major or career you choose. Our alumni work around the globe in positions ranging from CEOs and scientists, to government leaders and film directors.

Your career begins here

In a rapidly automating economy, employers are looking for graduates who can do what robots, machines and computers can't — communicate effectively, think deeply and solve problems creatively. These are precisely the skills you'll develop in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Since there’s no one path from here to a career, the College of Arts and Sciences offers a range of tools to help you get where you want to be. The content and broad training that any of our majors offer, together with beyond-the-classroom activities, academic support and career counseling we provide at the department and college levels, will prepare you well for a meaningful career and a meaningful life. 

A College of Arts and Sciences Degree is Your Path Forward

Thinking about what you want to do after college but not sure where to start? Your first stop should be the Student Excellence Collaborative (SEC) at Flinn Hall. The dedicated staff at the SEC can help you:

  • Choose your major
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Find internships
  • Prepare for graduation
  • Write your resume
  • Practice for interviews
  • Find summer employment
  • Get funding to study abroad

Explore your options

We've grouped potential career choices based on areas of interest. You might be surprised where your degree can take you.

Jobs expected to survive the increasing automation of the workforce require the interpersonal and interpretive skills that you will develop by pursuing a degree in the humanities. The College of Arts and Sciences humanities majors include English, comparative literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, Chinese studies, classics, French, German, Russian and Spanish. 

Careers to consider:

  • Advertising
  • Attorney
  • Business Manager
  • College Administrator
  • Copywriter
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • Game designer
  • Grant Writer
  • Intelligence agent
  • History preservationist
  • Librarian
  • Marketing specialist
  • Public policy analyst
  • Publisher
  • Research analyst
  • Software developer
  • Technical writer

These degrees will help you develop logical, analytical and problem-solving skills that employers and graduate school value. Mathematics and statistics graduates have applicable skills across a variety of career fields. Surveys consistently show high salaries and job satisfactions for graduates with degrees in math and statistics.

Careers to Consider:

  • Actuary
  • Biostatistician
  • Computer scientist
  • Consultant
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Economist
  • Educator
  • Database specialist
  • Financial analyst
  • Government statistician
  • Investment broker
  • Mathematician
  • Medical researcher
  • National security agent
  • SAS programmer
  • Software developer
  • Tech entrepreneur

With a major like anthropology, criminology, geography, political science, sociology, global studies, psychology and economics you will learn how society and individuals interact while building the research, communication and analytical skills that employers and graduate schools expect. Many social sciences courses offer the opportunity to conduct research and fieldwork, ultimately preparing our students for graduate school or the workforce. 

 Careers to Consider:

  • Administrator
  • Admissions evaluator
  • Analyst
  • Archaeologist
  • Business manager
  • Consultant
  • Educator
  • Community developer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Foreign service worker
  • Insurance agent
  • International aide
  • Laboratory technician
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Non-profit coordinator
  • Social worker
  • Systems analyst
  • Victims’ advocate

With a degree in the natural sciences, you will gain investigative and quantitative research skills through classroom, laboratory and practical experience. You’ll develop the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively, work independently and take accountability.

Careers to consider:

  • Coastal planner
  • Computer specialist
  • Earthquake scientist
  • Economic geologist
  • Engineer
  • Environmental manager or consultant
  • Information systems manager
  • Land conservationist
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Nutritionist
  • Park ranger
  • Research specialist
  • Science journalist
  • Sustainability director
  • Technical writer
  • Veterinarian
  • Toxicologist

An art, dance or theatre degree reflects a comprehensive education, emphasizing communication, leadership, critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration and working with abstract concepts. While many of our alumni have successfully carved out careers as performers, producers, designers and studio artists, the training and education you receive will resonate beyond the stage and studio. 

Careers to consider:

  • Art appraiser
  • Art therapist
  • Auctioneer
  • Choreographer
  • Costume designer
  • Curator
  • Educator
  • Film maker/director
  • Gallery director
  • Graphic designer
  • Grant writer
  • Interior designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Photographer/videographer
  • Sound engineer
  • Stage manager
  • Web designer

The college’s interdisciplinary degrees include African American studies, comparative literature, environmental studies, film and media studies, global studies, women’s and gender studies, environmental science and marine science. These degrees allow you to combine knowledge from a variety of perspectives, developing the intellectual tools you need to answer and address social issues by making connections between academic disciplines. Success in the workplace is increasingly determined by the ability to adapt to the complexities of an ever changing world.

Careers to Consider:

  • Archivist
  • Botanist
  • Business manager
  • Casting director
  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Counselor
  • Diplomat
  • Ecologist
  • Editor
  • Environmental historian
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Human rights advocate
  • Internal business consultant
  • Policy analyst
  • Researcher
  • Science journalist
  • Social media strategist
  • United Nations Officer

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