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What Can I Do With A Major In Liberal Arts?

Flagler's major in the liberal arts is designed to introduce students to the rich and challenging intellectual heritage of Western Civilization. Students are encouraged to work primarily with faculty from the liberal studies department to develop an individualized program promoting academic excellence and professional expertise in their chosen areas of study. In addition to equipping students with the skills they need to become responsible citizens and valuable members of the community, the program assists students preparing for graduate school as well as for careers in areas as diverse as education, law, business, politics and ministry.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Administrative Service Manager
Advertising Account Executive
Archaeologist
Archivist
Bank and Branch Manager
Benefits Manager
Book Editor
Broadcast News Analyst
College Professor
Community Welfare Worker
Copy Writer
Editorial Writer, Newspapers & Magazines
Employee Training Instructor
Financial Analyst
Financial Services Sales Agent
Foreign Service Officer
Human Resources Officer
Insurance Agent
Interpreter
Job Development Specialist
Jury Consultant
Lawyer
Management Consultant
Market Researcher
Marketing Manager
Museum Curator
Naturalist
Newspaper Editor
Pharmaceutical Representative
Policy Analyst
Reporter
Researcher
Sales Manager
Social and Community Service Manager
Social Worker
Teacher
Training and Development Manager
Writer/Author

Types of Employers

Advertising Agencies
Archives
Banks
Book/Magazine Publishing Companies
Civic Organizations
Collection Agencies
Colleges/Universities
Community Arts Centers
Consulting Firms
Cultural Organizations
Foundations
Historic Sites/Historical Societies
Hospitals
Insurance Companies
International Publications
International Visitors Councils
K-12 Schools
Labor Unions
Law Firms
Libraries
Magazines/Newspapers
Marketing Firms Museums
Museums
Newspapers
Pharmaceutical Companies
Political Organizations
Professional Associations
Public Interest Groups
Public Relations Firms
Radio/TV Companies
Research Firms
State, Local and Federal Government Agencies
Transportation Companies
Wholesale/Retail Operations

Transferrable Skills

General Skills
Honesty and integrity
Readiness to adapt in a changing workplace
Concentrates for long periods of time
Possesses a broad background for general knowledge
Mindful of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do
Teaches others how to do something
Composes and communicates ideas in written form

Problem Solving Skills
Makes keen observations
Identifies a problem, reviews related information, develops and evaluates options, and implements a solution

Communication Skills
Reads, writes and speaks proficiently
Conducts and clearly explains scientific research
Listens to what other people are saying and takes time to understand the points being made
Conveys information, explains ideas or gives instructions

 

Experiential Education

Completing management trainee program for service-oriented company

Reviewing application files for a human resources department

Hiring, training and scheduling a sales team

Developing newsletters for a non-profit organization

Arranging a speaker series conference

Conducting research about a particular topic for a writer

Professional Associations

Association for Core Texts and Courses,
coretexts.org

Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs,
aglsp.org

National Endowment for the Humanities,
neh.gov

Enhancing Your Employability

Join relevant student organizations to develop leadership skills

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Add a minor

Participate in a study abroad opportunity

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Plan on a graduate degree for advancement

Take part in mock interview opportunities

Source: Collegeboard.com, University of Colorado-Denver