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What do you do with a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree? 

The sky is the limit! You may not realize it, but graduates of liberal arts and sciences colleges and universities have made major contributions to education, medicine, business and the arts in the United States. Liberal arts graduates are sought after by major corporations, who value the communication and critical thinking skills that are the essence of a liberal arts and sciences degree.

Best of all, your liberal arts and sciences degree will keep giving you maximum flexibility in the work world. The average American now holds ten to twelve jobs in their lifetime--but those jobs span three to five different careers. People trained in a profession often find they must return to school to retool as they shift careers. Liberal arts and sciences programs teach students to be life-long learners and develop their abilities to synthesize material across different contexts. Such graduates really are "outside of the box" thinkers.

Unlike someone majoring in nursing or education, a student who majors in history will not find a job as a historian upon graduation. However, history majors have been employed as sales consultants, admissions officers, tour guides, public relations representatives, loan administrators, sales managers, volunteer coordinators, research consultants, proofreaders, and market research analysts. The key to finding a job on graduation is being able to determine where your interests lie and clearly communicating your skills, abilities, and experience to prospective employers.

Plan to spend time in your junior and senior year developing focus and a plan for landing a job once you graduate. Look into internships, practica, and other hands-on experiences. Shadow people in jobs you think you might like to hold. Get resume advice from Career Services and talk to your professors. Network with IU South Bend alumni.