Explore Options by Major
One of the most common questions we get from CLA students (and their families) is:
What can I do with a major in ___?
In reality, your liberal arts major—and the Core Career Competencies you build through it—can lead you to a career in almost any field.
Here you’ll find extensive career information organized as it relates to each of CLA’s majors. Among other things, you’ll learn about:
- An overview of the major and the key skills (in addition to the Core Career Competencies) that students develop in the major.
- Internship and job search websites geared toward students in the major.
- Student groups and professional organizations connected to the major.
- Examples of CLA alumni from the major and their job titles and employers organized by career field.
A CLA career counselor can also help you. Find the counselor who works with the major(s) you’re considering (or the one you’re already in).
African American & African Studies
American Indian Studies
Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Biblical Studies & Classics
Biology, Society, & Environment
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
French & Italian Studies
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
German, Scandinavian, Dutch
Individually Designed Interdepartmental
Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Studies in Cinema & Media Culture
Technical Writing & Communication
Note: The three-letter codes listed represent interests. You can discover your interests and how they connect to careers by taking an assessment like the SuperStrong or Strong Interest Inventory.
- R (Realistic)—Technically and athletically inclined people who have mechanical ingenuity and prefer to work on their own, using their hands and tools to build, repair, grow, or make things, often outdoors.
- I (Investigative)—Abstract problem solvers who prefer to work on their own, using their minds to observe, learn, investigate, research, and solve abstract problems, frequently in a scientifically related area.
- A (Artistic)—Idea creators who prefer working with little supervision and enjoy innovating, imaginative problem solving, artistic expression, and creating, sometimes in the performing, visual, or literary arts.
- S (Social)—People helpers who like to work with people to inform, enlighten, train, develop, or cure them.
- E (Enterprising)—People influencers who like to work with people, actively influencing, leading, or managing them toward organizational goals. Comfortable in business settings.
- C (Conventional)—Data and detail people who prefer to work with data (words and numbers), carrying out detailed instructions or following a prescribed plan.
How to Explore Majors and Careers
Learn about the many things you can do to better understand yourself and thoughtfully explore your academic and career options.