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What Can I do With a Degree in Arts and Letters?

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What can you do with a degree in Arts and Letters?

The short answer is that you can do a lot. Your Arts and Letters degree prepares you for many careers in many fields.

That's great, isn't it? Many possible careers... But if many careers are possible, how will you choose among the possibilities?

A major in Arts and Letters is a powerful academic foundation that provides you with the opportunity to develop skills employers value in employees. These include: oral and written communication, interpersonal, teamwork, technical, analytical, critical thinking, organizational, and problem solving skills.

Remember that your Arts and Letters major, in and of itself, does not determine your career path. No major does — not business, not psychology, not biology.

It's up to you to determine which career is right for you, but you don't have to do it alone. Advising & Career Services can help you with the process of identifying your preferred skills, interests, and values, and identifying potential careers to explore. We can also help you think about how your coursework relates to the world of work and how to effectively describe your educational background to employers.

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Job Titles of Recent Arts and Letters Graduates

  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Apartment Assistant Manager
  • Art Director
  • Chiropractic Assistant
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Contract Linguist
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Drafting Specialist — Mapping Services
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Elementary Teacher
  • ELL Teacher
  • Graduate Mentor
  • Library Media Specialist
  • Manager/Supervisor of Wood Shop
  • Media Buyer/Planner
  • Nanny
  • Production Specialist
  • Public Relations Associate
  • Recreation Leader
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Research Assistant
  • Resident Yoga & Pilates Instructor
  • Site Crew
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Victim/Restitution Specialist
  • Website Editor

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Career and Job Search Resources for Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors (Online)

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    Related Arts and Letters Sites Available From Advising & Career Services

    The following pages may have additional information and ideas for careers. What Can I do With a Major/Certificate/Minor in:

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    Places of Employment

    Students with degrees in Arts and Letters develop skills that are valued by employers. They may find employment in government, nonprofits, social services, educational institutions, and businesses, depending on their skills, experience, and interests. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment in some fields.

    The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested Arts and Letters majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for Arts and Letters majors. This list is meant to show some typical job listings; it does not reflect current openings.

    College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Portland State University

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