Career Opportunities

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.

Ryan Lown '03

Ryan Lown

Attorney at Phillips Lytle LLP, Rochester

I entered Fisher planning on attending law school afterward. Like many law-school hopefuls, I initially chose the Political Science major. However, when I enrolled in an American Studies class that studied the Vietnam War through literature and film, as well as through history and politics, I began to see the benefits of approaching a topic through multiple perspectives. As a result, I decided to become a dual major in American Studies and Political Science, which helped me better understand the social, economic, cultural and political dimensions of American society.

After graduating summa cum laude in 2003, I attended the University of Buffalo School of Law, earning my J.D. in 2007. The skills that I learned in American Studies were essential to my success as a law student. I developed key writing skills to effectively communicate clear and concise ideas, and I developed critical thinking skills to have creative and practical solutions to issues.

I’m now a homeowner living in Rochester and working as an attorney at Phillips Lytle LLP, a firm founded over 175 years ago. My practice focuses in the area of commercial real estate, including lending and development, leasing, secured financing and workouts, condominium and planned unit development matters and general project development. The skill sets that I learned through the American Studies program have translated into my everyday life and have been vital to my success so far as an attorney.


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