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. 

In our Career Path Guides, 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.
NOTE: You can also explore career options according to one of our eight CLA Career Fields!

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).

How to Find the Career Path Guides by Major

Go to the Majors, Minors & Programs listing, and find your intended major. This links to the degree page, where you will see a tab for "Career Paths."

Several CLA majors are housed in departments in another U of M Twin Cities colleges, with the BA version of the major following CLA degree requirements. You can find Career Path Guides for the following BA degrees on the Shared Majors page.

Astrophysics
Chemistry
Computer Science
Developmental Psychology
Earth Sciences
Human Physiology
Mathematics
Physics

Three-Letter Codes

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.