Courses to Careers: Putting Your AHSS Degree to Work
The Liberal Arts Advantage aims to help students start developing their liberal arts knowledge and skills into job and career strengths. Courses to Careers is an event series that will assist students in making this professional transition. Sign up to get email notices about these events and others from LAA and Career Services.
Students in AHSS should go directly to Career Services for individual help with career preparation. Services include:
- Personality and strengths testing
- Resume writing workshops
- Mock job interviews
- One-on-one career advising
Find an Internship
You can greatly enhance your classroom learning by gaining real world experience through an internship.
Many programs encourage internships that can be taken for credit. Speak with your advisor for details.
The Career Center has a database of local employers who are looking specifically for DU student interns.
AHSS awards summer stipends each year to support students with summer internships.
Internships are always strongly encouraged. Some programs require internships.
Required in the following majors:
- Media Studies
- Strategic Comm
Encouraged in the following undergraduate majors:
- Studio Art
- Art History
- Communication Studies
- Film Studies
- Political Science
- Public Policy
- Socio-Legal Studies
- Emergent Digital Practices
Encouraged in the following graduate degree programs:
- MA Art in History with Museum Studies concentration
- MA in International and Intercultural Comm
- MS in Advertising Management
- MS in Strategic Comm
- MA/MFA in Emergent Digital Practices
Employers Want You
Employers are demanding critical thinking and adaptability skills from their new recruits. Did you know that 69 percent of business leaders rate liberal art's degrees as "very important" (AACU, 2010). Check out more liberal arts hiring trends.
The skills desired by employers are developed and strengthened everyday as you live the Liberal Arts Lifestyle. What is the Liberal Arts Lifestyle?
Liberal arts students' strengths in competing for jobs include:
- Strong communication skills in writing and speaking
- Creative and critical thinking
- Research skills
- Cultural and emotional intelligence
- Comfort with ambiguity and complexity
- Ability to problem-solve
Many liberal arts students are also desirable to employers because of your:
- Skills in multiple languages (Languages and Literatures)
- Superior training in the visual and performing arts
- Cross-cultural knowledge
- Internship experience related to their majors
- Leadership skills
"To be success in international business, you have to respect and understand your client's heritage. Studying political science and Spanish literature at DU gave me the skills I needed to delve into Latin American culture, which has been integral to my work in that part of the world. My freshman year at DU I couldn't have guessed that I would end up on Wall Street, but here I am and I'm happy the journey started in Denver. I couldn't have made a better decision than to attend DU." -- Noel Edghill (BA '79, Spanish and Political Science), former vice president at JPMorgan/Chase Securities