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.
Zach Mills '11
Dental Student, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
As an undergraduate student at Fisher, Zach Mills was a First Generation Scholar who "cannot say enough good things" about the unique program. While it helped him financially, he said it also provided him with a core group of people from similar backgrounds with whom he formed bonds from the start of his time at the College. His experience as a First Generation Scholar also gave him greater appreciation for volunteering and giving back.
After the biology major earned his degree, he started dental school at the University of Pittsburgh, and he expects to graduate in spring 2015. He said his transition from undergraduate coursework to graduate coursework was not an easy one, but admitted that he still felt very well prepared thanks to his undergraduate educational experience.
Eventually, he would like to move back to the area and practice pediatric dentistry. And, thanks to the strong relationships he formed with his Fisher professors, he said he can also see himself teaching after seeing the passion his faculty had for teaching—a passion he called "contagious."
"A Fisher education is invaluable. Not only does Fisher prepare you for what's next, but it undoubtedly makes you a better, more well-rounded person altogether."