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.
Laura O’Brien '08
Global Stock Analyst/Graduate Student
I entered my freshman year at Fisher as an undecided major and soon after, declared a major in American Studies and Secondary Education. At the time, I was interested in becoming a high school history teacher and an American Studies degree qualified me for social studies certification. In my junior year I decided that teaching might not be the best fit for me and decided to drop education, at which point I added two minors in Business Administration and International Studies. Despite this shift, I never questioned keeping my major in American Studies.
The American Studies professors are some of the most devoted faculty on campus, concerned with their students’ understanding, and sharing new and innovated ways to explore the material. Throughout my four years at Fisher, I took as many American Studies courses and electives as I could, drawn to the “all inclusive” class style which included great discussion, debates, and visuals – excellent for all learning styles.
Shortly after graduating from Fisher, I started my first job with Citigroup as a stock analyst in their Global Market Division. This opportunity allowed me to live in New York City for six months and train on Wall Street. It wasn’t long before I knew my heart truly belonged in education and I left Citigroup. In January 2010 I began graduate school fulltime to pursue a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University in Boston.