Career Advantages of Arts and Sciences Majors

Often exactly which arts and sciences major you choose is less important that the fact that you have an arts and sciences major rather than a specific, narrow technical degree that may rapidly be out of date. There are certain skills, habits of mind, and perspectives that all humanities, or social science, or natural, physical, and mathematical science majors share. The key is having the ability to articulate these as you present yourself to employers across sectors. Add a few key technical skills such as Excel and some familiarity with the jargon of the business world (google "business jargon" or "business buzz words") to the deep critical thinking skills you developed through the SAS Core Curriculum, a major and minor that you intellectually enjoy and feed your need for purpose, and breadth-enhancing electives, and you are ready to go.

Get more help with this in our Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences course for sophomores and juniors.  Also, visit University Career Services.

Here are some articles and books we have found helpful in understanding how the arts and sciences is valued in the workplace:

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