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Careers in Liberal Arts

Information about Careers for

History, Humanities, and Literature Majors.

Majors in Liberal Arts often hear the question, "What are you going to do?"

Today's college graduates can anticipate not one career but several, for which training in the Liberal Arts makes you highly adaptable.

Skills our majors develop are exactly what many institutions, corporations, offices and businesses need (even if they don't know it):

Processing information

Critical thinking

Cultural literacy

Communication skills.

Creative individuals like Liberal Arts majors often invent themselves and their jobs, making or discovering a wide range of options and possibilities either on their own or in corporate and nonprofit contexts.

Liberal Arts majors may start in education but relocate to corporations or nonprofits and back again to educational institutions.

Specialties often include:





Sample Occupations
(alphabetical order)

Administrative Assistant
Advertising Account
Campaign Manager
Claims Examiner
Communications Specialist
Community Relations
Copy Writer
Corporate Trainer
Customer Service Rep.
Editorial Assistant
Education Director
Executive Fundraiser
Fact Checker
Free Lance
Historical Society Specialist
Legislative Assistant
Management Trainee
Marketing/Sales Manager
Media Analyst
Media Buyer
Museum Curator
Nonprofit Administrator
Personnel Trainee
Production Assistant
Public Relations Specialist
Publicity Assistant
Research Assistant
Sales Representative
Special Events Coordinator
Specialist Librarian
Volunteer Coordinator

Types of Employers
(alphabetical order)

Advertising Agencies
Book & Magazine Publishers
Community Arts Centers
Community Service Organizations
Consumer Organizations
Cultural Organizations Museums
Educational Institutions
Financial Institutions
Public Relations Firms
Healthcare Facilities
Historical Societies
Hospitality Organizations
Insurance Companies
Investment Firms
Market Research Companies
Media (Radio, TV)
Private and Non-profit Organizations
Research Organizations
Retail Stores
Telecommunications Firms

Government Agencies
(alphabetical order)

Civil Rights Commission
Consumer Affairs Office
Cultural Affairs
Department of Education
Division of Youth & Family Services
Legislative Affairs
Motor Vehicle Department
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Institutes of Health
Peace Corp/AmeriCorps
Political Organizations
Small Business Administration
Travel and Tourism Department

(materials immediately below adapted from UHCL Humanities careers sub-page)

Humanities Careers

What can I do with a degree in Humanities?

The Humanities degree can be your springboard to a profession as a:

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • Studio Artist
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Content Developer
Additionally, many of our students seek graduate degrees in the humanities.

(materials immediately below adapted from UHCL History careers sub-page)


Come join us in making history . . .

Can you build a career with a degree in history?

Yes. You can use your bachelor's or master's degree to bring history to the public by getting involved with preservation efforts to protect the important places of our past. You can work with historical societies and museums, serving as an administrator or exhibit designer.

In the bachelor's program, students may pursue teaching certification in Grades 8-12 History or Grades 8-12 Social Studies. .

You may also combine your bachelor's or master's degree in history with Master of Library Information Science degree to become an archivist or librarian.

Your education in history will also prepare you for careers in business, journalism, or law.

We offer tremendous research opportunities. Our library serves as home to the archives of the Johnson Space Center, a collection of international importance. Our students have access to the collection of the entire University of Houston System libraries, and have access to materials from all over America through interlibrary loans.

You will enjoy our small classes where you will learn European, Latin American, and American history.

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"What can I do with my Liberal Arts Degree?" (PDF download from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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