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Career Planning and Preparation

Once you graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences, it will be time to put that degree to work. What can you do with a College of Arts and Sciences degree?

Majoring in the arts and sciences 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. Its satellite location, the Career Center Studio, located in Flinn Hall 107, offers drop-in hours Monday through Thursday from 1-4:30 pm. 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: 



Phone Number

Holly Johnson 
Assistant Director for College of Arts and Sciences Career Development 803-777-2359


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.

Resume Resources

The Career Center has online tools to help create and present a high-impact resume.

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 an arts and sciences  education:

What Can I Do With This Major?  

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

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

Wall Street Journal--Degrees that Pay You Back

Career Earnings by College Major

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