Experiential Opportunities While a Student
Regardless of their major, students in the Arts and Sciences have a great many opportunities to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Students have the chance to study abroad or in Washington, DC, to participate in internships that have been arranged through their departments with local businesses, to take courses that specialize in service-learning opportunities, and to participate in undergraduate research in the natural and social sciences. While some of these opportunities take place during the semester, many departments also help students locate internships and research fellowships during the summer months. Overall, these experiences help students gain work experience and develop a resume, establish valuable contacts in the industries they would like to enter, and better understand the connections between what they have been studying and how their courses are preparing them for a career after graduation.
Careers That Grads Pursue
Because of the content knowledge and skill set that they develop through their experience in the Arts and Sciences, our students are prepared to begin exciting careers in business, law, education, medicine, and the public sector. Our graduates locate positions in marketing, sales, scientific research and analysis, advertising and public relations, the sporting industry, social work, media relations, corporate communications, government, and many other fields. In addition, many of our graduates enter graduate programs in law, business, medicine, clinical psychology, literature, history, and other disciplines.
Elise Burmeier '05
Librarian at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
When I was in high school, I had no real idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I remember poring over academic bulletins to see which colleges had programs that I could envision myself taking courses in. I wanted something that could satisfy my enjoyment of history and English courses as well as allow me the flexibility to take courses in cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, foreign languages and religious studies. American Studies at Fisher offered all of that to me.
I currently work at George Mason University in the main library’s collection development department. I also attend the University of Tennessee's School of Information Sciences distance education program, in order to earn my Master of Information Science degree. I plan to become a high school library media specialist.
Earning a degree in American Studies gave me three things that are very important in my life now. First, the flexibility of the curriculum allowed me to tailor the program to fit my needs. Second, the faculty helped me develop confidence in myself. Finally, my degree gave me pride in my abilities. When I was a senior, I decided to put forth every effort into my capstone paper to make it a work I could really be proud of. I submitted it for a college award and, as it turns out, I won! I’m now committed to putting forth my best effort in all that I do in order to achieve similar pride in my personal and professional work.