Career Options

The study of humanities offers preparation for any profession that requires knowledge and understanding of humanity and society, or that involves proficiency with communication and the organization of information. Humanities majors are prepared to enter a variety of fields and careers with skills that translate directly to current and future performance. They study in professional schools, including law, business, medicine, education, library science, public policy, or pursue graduate studies in liberal arts and sciences, or build on their rigorous training in thinking and writing for work and advancement in areas as diverse as communications and media, technology, marketing and sales, management and business, consulting, public service, research, and education. 

A variety of career paths, typical employers, and skills sought by employers exist for humanities disciplines, including art history, English, and history.

The SPS Student Services team is invested in preparing adult students to apply their Northwestern education to their next step of professional success. Bachelor’s degree students are encouraged to discuss their career goals with their academic advisers, who are available to help with job search strategies, resume review, and provide program-tailored career advice.

A range of career resources is available from SPS Student Services, and undergraduate SPS students also use advising, programming, and resources from Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA), the comprehensive career services office at the Evanston campus.

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