Liberal Studies Major Career Planning Options
The Liberal Studies major offers a broad and comprehensive program in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Breadth of knowledge and depth of vision are the focus, with an emphasis on broadly transferable and highly valued skills that will not become obsolete as market conditions change. This is the ultimate “classic” liberal arts degree, providing majors with a well rounded education that prepares students for life and for the world of work with all of its complexities and challenges. Visit Rivier’s Liberal Studies Program for additional information on degrees and course offerings.
Liberal Studies Major Skills
|Proficient in Oral Communication||Able to Conduct & Explain Research|
|Organizational||Persuasive & Articulate Speaking|
|Clarifying & Questioning Skills||Command of Grammar & Vocabulary|
|Able to Generate Creative Ideas||Analytical & Critical Thinker|
|Concise Writing & Editing Skills||Independent Thinker|
|Organization of Ideas, Materials, & People||Investigative Skills|
|Critical Interpretation of Reading Materials|
*A sense of history as a backdrop for understanding contemporary life and society
*Understanding of foundation concepts in a wide range of disciplines in the arts and humanities and the natural and social sciences
Career Paths in Liberal Arts
Career Paths for new liberal studies graduates are diverse, and they depend upon one’s interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis, and practical experience in the field. Specialized coursework can also be pursued to supplement the liberal arts foundation. A minor in any of the liberal arts disciplines or in some other areas of interest such as business or computer science can be designated. As career options are diverse, liberal studies majors are encouraged to take time for the career planning process early on in their college studies. Hands-on experience, and coursework related to a specialized interest area(s), will greatly facilitate preparation for the post-graduation transition. For example, those with an interest in publishing can round out their studies with hands-on publishing experience and related courses. In addition, a Liberal Studies bachelor’s degree offers electives which can be tailored individually for those interested in pursuing a variety of graduate and professional programs in areas such as law, the humanities, the sciences, and business administration or management.
Liberal Studies graduates may work as . . .
(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor’s degree.)
Advertising and Public Relations:
Education and Human Services:Teacher
Liberal Studies graduates may work at . . .
|Book Publishers||Magazine Publishers|
|Radio & Television Stations||Newspapers|
|Trade & Technical Journals||Public Relations Firms|
|Advertising Agencies||Public & Private Schools|
|Political & Legal Offices||Colleges & Universities|
|Non-Profit Organizations||Business & Industry|
|Public Libraries||Telecommunications Firms|
|Federal & State Government||Retailers|
Ways to Increase Employability
- Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one’s professional field of interest.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
- Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations, which enhance leadership skills and promote networking relationships with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job/internship positions.
Sources of Information on Majors, Careers and Employment in Liberal Studies
- Rivier University Faculty and Academic Advisors, & Business Administration Department Resources
- Professionals Working in the Field
- Professional Organizations
Professional & Rivier University Organizations Related to Liberal Studies
- Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs
- American Society of Journalists and Authors
- Public Relations Society of America
- American Association of Advertising Agencies
- Rivier University Groups and Organizations
Career Related Websites for Liberal Studies Majors
- Liberal Arts Career Network (A collaborative project involving 25 colleges and universities whose goal is to make available the best information from a wide range of career fields through the World Wide Web. Each college is responsible for a single career field and seeks to identify quality informational sites pertinent to that field. The result is a dynamic, ever growing library of web links which facilitates the career development process for students.)
- The Liberal Arts Job Search (Job search info from Rice University for Liberal Arts graduates.)
- Idealfit (Focuses on job opportunities for Liberal Arts and MBA students and graduates who would like to explore career options in the dot.com industry. The site offers resources to research Start-up and Internet companies as well as associated job titles and descriptions.)
- Authorlink (Information Services for Writers, Editors, Literary Agents and Publishers.)
- Advertising and Media Job Openings
- TV Jobs (Broadcast Employment Services)
- Listservs and Usenet groups.
- Editor and Publisher (Career Guide, Classifieds, Media Links. etc.)
- Media Line (Resource for the Television Industry)
- Disney Careers