What can I do with this degree?
A liberal studies degree is intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills rather than specifically focused occupational or professional skills. A wide variety of careers are available to you, the key with a liberal studies degree is to have internships in your chosen career. If you need help focusing your career search please see a specialist in the Career Center and/or take a career assessment.
- Teaching and education
- Teachers aid
- Curriculum developer
- Court Liaison
- Communications Officer
- Community Liaisons
- Educational Administration
- Grant Writer
- News reporter
- Set designer
- Song Writer
- Market Researcher
- Property Manager
- Real Estate Agent
- Fashion Designer
- School districts
- Private and public school
- Universities and colleges
- Many school districts in specific states require a teaching credential
- Many colleges and universities require a master's degree in order to teach introductory classes. A PhD is preferred
- Curriculum developers require previous experience working in the teaching field
- Teaching assistants generally need to have a CPR certification and previous experience working with children.
- Public agencies such as the FBI
- Local and national security agencies
- Private law firms
- Public attorneys
- National court systems
- Private investigators
- A J.D from an ABA accredited law school is required for practicing law
- Internships in the area in which you want to work will be very helpful
- Conduct informational interviews with people already working in your ideal job, this will build your network of people in this industry while providing valuable information about the career in which you wish to work.
- Non-profit agencies that specialize in education, health issues, community awareness programs, access and equity. Other non-profit agencies include: churches and government sponsored programs.
- Conduct an internship or volunteer to understand the particular agency
- This also allows you to network and build solid experience for your resume.
- Human Resources
- A variety of employers in both private and public companies hire liberal studies majors.
- Take business courses, intern with different companies, and network with alumni during career events
- Attend campus Internship and Job Fairs during your junior and senior years to network with employers and focus your career search based on your interests and skills.
- Government Jobs- http://www.usajobs.gov/
- State and Local Government Internet Directory- www.statelocalgov.net
- California School Districts- http://edjoin.org
- Southern California Higher Education Employment Database- www.socalherc.org
- American Red Cross - www.redcross.org
- Idealist Non-Profit Resource - www.idealist.org
- Boys and Girls Club of America - www.bgca.org
- United Way of Orange County - www.uwoc.org
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (Economist/ Marketing Analyst)- http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos055.htm
- Internal Revenue Service - www.jobs.irs.gov
Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of
Tennessee, Knoxville. (2007)
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