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College of Arts and Sciences


College of Arts and Sciences Careers

What can I do with a College of Arts and Sciences degree? In the words of USC President Harris Pastides, “Anything—and everything!”

Majoring in the liberal arts serves graduates well in a rapidly changing economy where it is has become common for employees to hold a number of different jobs over the course of their working lives.

We encourage all our students to begin thinking about their career choices as early as freshman year. The following websites are great places to begin exploring the many career options available to CAS students:

The Career Center

This university resource, located on the fifth floor of Thomas Cooper Library, has drop-in hours Monday through Friday from 1-4pm throughout the academic year. The Career Center employs two dedicated Arts and Sciences Career Counselors offering customized, career development counseling specific to the students pursuing degrees and careers in arts, humanities, social sciences, and/or natural sciences: 

Name

Title

Phone Number

Ashley Byrd-White Career Development Coach: Humanities and Social Sciences 803-777-1204
Holly Johnson Career Development Coach: Natural Sciences and Mathematics 803-777-2359

Handshake 
Handshake is the Career Center’s online resource for jobs, internships, events and employer connections. Handshake is also where students can find resources and make appointments with their career coach.

Career Shift 
Career Shift is an online tool that allows students to search, select and store job listings from all job boards and all company job postings. Students and alumni can also find up-to-date contact information for millions of companies.

Optimal Resume 
Optimal resume is the Career Center’s online tool to help create and present a high-impact resume.

Interview Stream 
Interview Stream is the Career Center’s online practice interview resource that allows students and alumni to conduct a mock interview on their own time.


External Resources

Persuasive statistical and narrative evidence suggests that students who major in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are highly valued in the work place and typically achieve rewarding, remunerative careers. We recommend the following websites for students and parents interested in learning more about the value of a liberal arts education:

What Can I Do With This Major?  

Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight (PDF)

What can I Do with a Liberal Arts Degree

Wall Street Journal--Good News, Liberal-Arts Majors

Wall Street Journal--Degrees that Pay You Back

Arts and Sciences Infographic (PDF)

Career Earnings by College Major