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Employment Opportunities for Humanities Majors


Finding Contentment--and Landing a Job--in Areas of Passion, the Arts, and Literature

Graduation: regalia, fanfare, and the last-minute projects that bookended four years of study. The University of Alabama was abuzz with activity—people moving out of dorms and sorority houses; frat boys surprised that they had graduated (or those who woke up to realize they hadn't), and well-wishers of all kinds about for the fun of it.

The crowds gathered in the Foster Auditorium for the ceremony: some 3,000 graduates and 10,000 parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses—plus the occasional road-scholar (not to be confused with Rhodes Scholars) who mistook the event for another of Alabama's sporting events. Then, the president had each group stand, by school: the College of Engineering, the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

What are You Going to do with that Degree?
I was in this last group (Arts and Sciences). We weren't the smallest group among the lot, but once you broke out those of us with degrees in the humanities—studio art, art history, linguistics, music, and literature—we were a small, ragamuffin band some two hundred or so in number. We were those students that everybody jokes about, and are asked—more than for our names—what the heck we are going to do with a degree in that? Yes, a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, with minor studies in Studio Art and Creative Writing, doesn't scream, "Hire me!" At least not to most people...(read entire article here)

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