What Can You Do with a Humanities Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with a Humanities Degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with a Humanities Degree?

Humanities is a liberal arts major and therefore does not point you toward a particular career. A potential employer probably won’t be looking for a “Humanities Degree,” but may well be looking for areas that you studied and skills that you mastered while you were earning your degree. If you took a lot of art history courses while you were in school, then you can market yourself as an art expert. If you took a lot of writing courses, then you can market yourself as a writer. A humanities major is largely what you make of it. For example, Ava Roy, the Director of Hamlet on the Rock, was a humanities major at Stanford.

Humanities lays a wide foundation for career possibilities. Humanities majors are generally flexible and adaptable. If one career doesn’t work out, they are not bound by it—they can move on to another area that interests them.

A humanities degree meshes really well with careers that involve creativity and/or communications. One could go into politics, radio, television, Internet, sales, or social services—the options are really endless. Humanities also makes a great foundation for graduate studies.

Careers you can get with a degree in humanities include:

  • Actor
  • Artist
  • Critic
  • Diplomat
  • Entrepreneur
  • Graphic Designer
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Professional
  • Salesperson
  • Teacher (may require certification)
  • Writer
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