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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA in Humanities. The Humanities major is an interdisciplinary program that gives students the freedom to create a course of study uniquely shaped to their interests. The Department of Humanities and Western Civilization offers three tracks for HWC majors, including Civilization in a Global Context, World Literatures, and Foundations of Law in Society.

Humanities Department website


Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the contributions of significant Western thinkers to ongoing intellectual debate about moral, social, and political alternatives 
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically about moral, social, and political arguments in the Western intellectual tradition, evaluating the logic of these arguments and relating them to the historical and cultural context 
  • Consider moral, social, and political issues from an interdisciplinary perspective 
  • Identify characteristics of Western Civilization and its influence on the modern world through multiple cognate areas of liberal arts 
  • Apply fundamental concepts to describe the development of Western Civilization over a significant period of time (critical thinking) 

Popular Career Paths

Law: The skills learned within this major like logical and critical thinking and the writing abilities gained offers a great path into the law profession. There is a variety of options within the profession including public defender, criminal defense, corporate law and many more.

Education: Offers you the ability to educate, research, and advise in all levels of education. Research and communication skills are very important to this career path.

Writing/Editing/Publishing: Involves careers in newspapers and magazines, book publishing, freelancing, arts and entertainment, and radio and television.

Religion: The skills attained from a humanities and western civilization major is a great path into religion. Further education within this profession is required and prepares you for this career path much more extensively. Clergy member and church administration are two of the most common professions within the career.

Business/Public Relations: Many businesses need help within the area of public relations which is all about their image and how they are viewed from the public’s point of view. Written and analytical skills are very important within this career path.

Arts: Involves careers in museums, libraries, and galleries that connect your studies in humanities and western civilization with the general public.


Explore More Career Paths

  • American Bar Association - information and tips on preparing for law school
  • American Philosophical Association - offers several different links to associations and societies related to philosophy as well as journals related to the field
  • Humanities Resource Center Online - provides a comprehensive listing of related humanities organizations in areas such as governmental & national organizations, international organizations, library associations, museums, and higher education associations
  • National Humanities Alliance - an advocacy coalition dedicated to the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation and public programs.

Jobs to Consider

Advertising Copywriter

Art Acquisition Specialist

Art Librarian

Business Analyst

Communications Specialist

Community Affairs Coordinator

Copywriter

Editorial Assistant

Document and Procedures Analyst

Fact Checker

Freelance Writer

Fundraiser

Historian

Journalist

Lawyer

Legislative Aide

Lobbyist

Media Relations Executive

Mediator

Minister

Museum Curator

Newspaper Editor

Paralegal

Policy Analyst

Promotion Specialist

 

Proofreader

Public Relations Executive

Publicist

Public Information Officer

Publishing Assistant

Researcher

Sales/Marketing Analyst

Sales Representative

Teacher/Instructor

Technical Writer

Translator

Writer/Author

 


Places to Seek Employment

Advertising Agencies

Churches

Colleges & Universities

Corporate Businesses

Elementary/Middle/High Schools

Federal, State, & Local Government Agencies

Law Firms

Libraries

Museums/Galleries

Newspapers/Magazines

 

Nonprofit Organizations

Public Relations Firms

Publishing Companies

Research Institutions

 


Employment Strategies

  1. Focus on the skill sets that are sought after rather than focusing on the degree.
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e. advance degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Consider joining a professional association related to your area of interest in humanities and western civilization, such as the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  6. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
  7. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
  8. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  9. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Philosophy Club, Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board, The University Daily Kansan, and Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law).

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