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Degree and Career Information for College Students: Chapter Summary
Let our experienced guidance counselors help match your interests to a degree program in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, math, engineering or sciences. We'll show you what some of the more popular majors entail and introduce you to career options they can prepare you for. Lessons in this chapter cover the following:
Choosing a Degree in the Liberal Arts
If the idea of devoting your undergraduate studies to an in-depth analysis of poetry and prose piques your interest, use this chapter to explore some of the career options available to graduates of English and other humanities programs in areas like history, philosophy and foreign languages.
We'll also discuss some of the majors and program requirements common among students who'd prefer to spend their days and nights in a studio pursuing fine arts degrees in specialties like art, dance, theater and music. Degree plans in sociology, psychology or one of the other social sciences are also covered, so you can explore your career options in these areas as well.
Selecting a Math and Science Program
If you have an aptitude for math or science, learn how to leverage these skills into career opportunities through majors in biology, computer science, statistics, chemistry or a related field. We'll introduce you to program requirements typical for these majors and familiarize you with popular courses. You can also get a better idea of which careers require a degree in fields like mechanical, electrical, chemical and computer engineering.
Of course, interdisciplinary or self-directed majors are another option if you just don't want to pigeon hole your interests into any one field of study. We'll familiarize you with these and other types of nontraditional programs you might not have known existed.
1. What Can I Do with a Humanities Degree? - Typical Courses & Careers
The field of Humanities is a broad field of human interest studies. There are many different directions students of the humanities can take when searching for careers after graduation.
2. What Can I Do with a Fine Arts Degree? - Typical Courses & Careers
This lesson will review different majors within a fine arts degree program. In addition to majors available, possible careers in the fine arts will also be investigated.
3. Careers in the Engineering Field: Typical Courses & Degrees
While there are many different fields of engineering, they all focus on design, development, and manufacturing. This lesson covers the details of many different types of engineering.
4. Careers in Math: Typical Courses & Degrees
This lesson will introduce students who are considering a major in mathematics to the types of degrees available. Careers stemming from mathematics degrees will also be discussed.
5. Careers in the Sciences: Typical Courses & Degrees
Natural sciences use the scientific method to investigate concepts and ideas. This lesson will review the many types of career options and coursework a student of science can expect.
6. Careers in the Social Sciences: Typical Courses & Degrees
Students interested in pursuing social sciences degrees will benefit from this lesson. We define social science, discuss typical courses, and identify common majors and possible careers related to the degree.
7. Nontraditional Degree Programs and Career Options
Nontraditional degree programs are programs that do not follow traditional degree paths or concepts. This lessons covers three nontraditional degree options, their coursework and possible careers associated with each.
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