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Tailoring Your Humanities Degree to Your Career

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Obtaining your humanities degree from an esteemed university can offer professional advancement in a variety of career paths. It can also serve as the first step toward graduate programs in law, business, communications, public policy, and more. However, because humanities degrees are so versatile, there are a few simple ways to focus your undergraduate studies around your career goals.

Gain Experience While in School

It's very common for college students to work part-time in addition to their studies, and some even balance a full-time job while going back to school. For those in the humanities, this is a great opportunity to get practical work experience while completing your program. Consider this an opportunity to test the waters of various career paths without making a long-term commitment. Some ways to get involved include volunteering for a non-profit, doing freelance or contract work, or taking an internship. Having hands-on knowledge of a specific field will help to fine-tune your BA in humanities and rule out career paths that don't align with your interests. At SoPA, we also offer career development advising appointment and resources to help you gain applicable skills and experiences during your program.

Add Another Major or Minor

Because the general studies often overlap, it may be possible for humanities majors to double major or add a minor without extending the length of time it will take to get their degree. For example, adding a digital design minor to your humanities program could help you gain specific career-ready skills if you're pursuing roles in marketing, advertising, or even the non-profit sector. Students may also focus their humanities degree without adding a second major by simply taking courses in a complementary field of interest, such as English, philosophy, or music.

Broaden Your Technical Skill Set

In today's world, having a technical skill set is all but a requirement for many jobs. Unfortunately, even the most well-rounded humanities major may come up short unless they have proficient computer literacy. A great way to develop these skills is to take a college course in programming, applied computing, or even other technical fields such as video production or web design.

Once you determine your career goals within the humanities program, you have the flexibility to build a curriculum and job-ready skills that match. At the Tulane School of Professional Advancement, we offer a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities program that upholds Tulane's long-standing liberal arts tradition, while also meeting the needs of working adults. Request more information about SoPA today.

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