Career Readiness

What does a Liberal Arts degree mean?

A Liberal Arts degree means choosing a topic you are passionate about and giving your all to learn more about it. Passion and interest are both common qualities inherent to the liberal arts and components that can directly fuel you to be successful in academics and in your career. According to a study conducted by NACE, employers are looking for the following characteristics:

Career Management

The ability to identify and articulate skills and experiences, while navigating career options and pursuing opportunities.

Communication Skills

Articulating thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively.


Demonstrating personal accountability, and understanding the importance of work image and integrity.


Building collaborative relationships and effectively working within a team structure.


Leveraging the strengths of others to achieve a common goal and using empathetic skills to guide and motivate others.

Critical Thinking

Using reason and analytical thinking to solve problems and make decisions.

Information Technology Applications

Effectively utilizing technology to solve problems and accomplish goals.

Global Perspective

Demonstrating openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and effectively interacting with diverse populations.

Liberal Arts graduates have engaged in academic programs that tap into each of these components during their college careers. Your charge is to lean into your coursework and seize opportunities to grow and develop inside and outside of the classroom, and to realize when you are tapping into these powerful skills. Each of the programs within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has integrated these eight core characteristics into the curriculum. By building awareness of when these skills shine, Liberal Arts graduates can better showcase the tools to be successful and thrive in diverse and enriching careers.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Alumni Testimonial 

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Johannah Thompkins

Division Manager of Internship Initiatives - Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis

"My time at Sam Houston State University had a tremendous impact on my career trajectory. The Political Science and History Departments taught me the principles, structure, and... (read more)

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Patricia McCourt

Graduate Assistant and PhD Candidate for Mississippi State University

"My undergraduate major and the double minor which accompanies it have aided me immensely in establishing myself within my past and current career fields. I initially intended on... (read more).

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Stephanie Jones

Communications Specialist II at Texas A&M Engineering Communications

"Many people think that the only career available to English majors is to be a teacher, but I quickly learned that the unique skill set of being able to read, analyze and produce various styles of...(read more).

Employers Commonly Seeking Liberal Arts Majors

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