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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
Humanities is heavily concerned with the human condition and culture. Explore what it means to get a degree in humanities, typical course paths, and possible career options.
2. What Can I Do with a Fine Arts Degree? - Typical Courses & Careers
A fine arts degree prepares you for a career in the arts, be it painting, sculpting, dance, theater, or other artistic fields. Explore what you can do with a fine arts degree, review the typical courses, majors, and careers, and discover how you can get the most from your education.
3. Careers in the Engineering Field: Typical Courses & Degrees
The engineering field encompasses jobs that design, develop, or manufacture things that enhance society. Explore the different careers in engineering and the educational requirements (typical course and degrees) in this lesson.
4. Careers in Math: Typical Courses & Degrees
Careers in math require strong math skills, science competency, and successful completion of a college degree program in mathematics. Learn about the field of mathematics, careers in math, and the types of college courses/math degree requirements.
5. Careers in the Sciences: Typical Courses & Degrees
The sciences, such as biology and chemistry, are the basis for a variety of careers, including jobs in healthcare, environmentalism, and agriculture. Learn about the different types of science, and explore careers in the sciences. Review the typical courses and the major coursework required to earn a science degree, and understand the available degrees.
6. Careers in the Social Sciences: Typical Courses & Degrees
Careers in the Social Sciences include criminal justice, sociology, social work, law, political science, and social services. Explore Social Science degrees, typical courses, popular majors, and career options.
7. Nontraditional Degree Programs and Career Options
There are various nontraditional degree options to seek out if a traditional degree doesn't seem like the right fit. Explore what coursework and career paths are possible from nontraditional programs like obscure degrees, individualized studies, associate degrees and certificates.
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