Career Opportunities for Liberal Arts Majors
Student Experiential Opportunities
Regardless of their major, students in the School of 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 liberal arts majors are prepared to begin exciting careers in business, law, education, medicine, and the public sector.
Our graduates locate positions in areas such as:
- Marketing and sales
- Scientific research and analysis
- Advertising and public relations
- Sporting industry
- Social work
- Media relations
- Corporate communications
In addition, many of our graduates enter graduate programs in law, business, medicine, clinical psychology, literature, history, and other disciplines.
Liberal Arts Alumni Spotlight
Liz Gorney '13
Marketing Assistant, Oxford University Press
Williamsville native Liz Gorney came to Fisher and majored in English, but also minored in communications and business management.
While a student, she interned at NowComment.com, a unique approach to being an intern since it was all done online. She said her internship taught her what makes a website succeed, what information is best absorbed, and how to interact professionally and form working relationships – all skills that she uses in her job today as a Marketing Assistant for Oxford University Press.
The summer after she graduated, she attended New York University's six week publishing program, a program she highly recommends for anyone interested in working in publishing. In her role, she is involved in a variety of tasks - from marketing the company's new titles to professional and general audiences, to managing authors' projects and events, to attending national conferences, to making sure the company's books' web pages are up-to-date. She said the publishing world is a lot of fun and the experience in New York City is like "nowhere else."
"I felt well trained and prepared by the Fisher English Department to effectively sell myself and communicate why I am a qualified candidate. I know that they've given me the tools to build a career around my love for English in any field or capacity."