What can you do with an M.A. in the Humanities?
This is the question that most of us hear when we happily announce that we got accepted to our master’s program. While your enthusiasm shines through as you happily respond “anything I want!” it is possible that deep down you are not quite sure what your answer to that question might be. Avenue Q, a satirical Broadway musical that discusses the stresses of adulthood, actually addresses this question head on in a song called “What Can You Do with a B.A. in English?”:
“What do you do with a B.A. in English?
What is my life going to be?
Four years of college and plenty of knowledge
Have earned me this useless degree!
I can’t pay the bills yet
Cause I have no skills yet
The world is a big scary place…
But somehow I can’t shake
The feeling I might make
A difference to the human race.”
Although these lyrics do express a reality from some Humanities graduates, it is my belief that this doesn’t have to happen to you! Until recently, many advising centers focused on identifying which career(s) were most suited to your abilities and interests. Now, however, due to the volatile nature of almost everyone’s career path, the new approach is to instead prepare you for all of the opportunities that will come your way.
This website has been designed by a graduate student for graduate students to help everyone proceed with confidence into the unkown of our futures. As Recruiting Trends 2013-2014 published by Michigan State University reported, "The challenges for graduates remain the same as always. The jobs are out there. The best jobs will go to graduates who know where they want to go, know how to get there, and have a network of professional relationships they can tap for assistance with their job search."
We hope as you explore some of the resources on this site you will be empowered to figure out the many options that you have with your degree.
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