Arts & Humanities

Click on the categories below to help you with identifying possible career destinations, career resources, and helpful tips in the Arts and Humanities.

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History enables us to see and understand changes and variety in society over time and place; it thus prepares us to create change thoughtfully. History requires reading widely, closely, and critically, expressing complex thoughts in writing, and open-minded, civil discussion of opinions founded in fact. So History majors learn to:

  • communicate both orally and in writing,
  • think critically and analytically, as well as with empathy,
  • do research in a variety of types of sources.

Employers demand these skills, so the study of history is valuable for successful careers in, for instance:

  • advertising
  • banking
  • international business
  • journalism
  • management
  • public relations
  • publishing and editing

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Careers for History Majors: This guide from the American Historical Association describes the many professional opportunities available to students of history. Be sure to check out the blog series “What to Do with a BA in History.”


Literature majors develop skills and perspectives that prepare them for careers in education and numerous other professions. The writing, analytical, and cultural breadth of majors makes them attractive as preparation for professional schools as well as advanced graduate studies.

Examples of what you can do with a Literature Degree:

  • Teaching
  • News Reporter
  • Marketing Associate
  • Copywriter
  • Research Analyst
  • Grant Writing
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Speech Writer
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Lawyer

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Although careers in music have generally been associated with performance in large ensembles or with teaching in music education programs, there are a growing number of opportunities which relate to more individualized combinations of practical and technical skills.

Examples of what you can do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music:

  • Arts management
  • Recording and computer-related business
  • Music publishing.

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Philosophy majors learn critical thinking and problem solving skills, and strong writing, verbal and analytical skills. Many Philosophy majors go into the job market instead of pursuing an advanced degree in Philosophy.

Top choices:           

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Writing
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Government
  • Management.

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Theatre & Dance

Careers in Theatre and Dance are endless and never dull in this ever-changing field of ideas and art in motion. It’s more than just performing on stage on Broadway, that’s one aspect but not the only. This is a large and growing industry that can be found in every city from New York to Los Angeles, Maine to Portland there are many opportunities in Theatre and Dance. 

Many actors/dancers do not find “steady work” as performers. However, motivated actors/dance often find other ways to create a career in the business. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, a career in Theatre/Dance can offer a rewarding life.

Examples of possibilities:

  • Performing
  • Directing/Choreography
  • Arts Management
  • Publicity
  • Promotions
  • Patron Services
  • Education

Below is a list of possible careers in Theatre and Dance:

Visual Arts

Just as Visual Arts provides disciplinary knowledges and skills in specific artistic and scholarly pursuits within the department, it also provides transferable knowledges and skills that prepare students to be intellectually and creatively agile, in whatever discipline they may pursue. Visual Art is both critical and creative, cultivating hybrid forms of cultural practice and analysis that enrich students' ability to intervene in the conditions of knowledge production, generate new methods and creative processes, in whatever professional field they may pursue.

Examples of what you can do with a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts: 

  • Advertising artist 
  • Greeting card designer 
  • Illustrator 
  • Photojournalist
  • Prop Maker 
  • Filmmaker 

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Next Steps

Confirm your interest, prepare academically and develop the necessary skills and experience:



Come into the Career Services Center or schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor via Port Triton. Learn more about your Career Advisors and their specializations at the staff directory page.

If applicable, complete and bring the Career Readiness Assessment to your appointment.