College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Careers in Liberal Studies

What can I do with a major in Liberal Studies?

Many employers are looking for people with solid communication skills (people who know how to write, how to work on a team, and how to present ideas). These are all skills that our Liberal Studies students acquire while at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

A wide variety of careers is available to students who complete a major in Liberal Studies. Graduates of this major find entry into careers in business, government, and social service agencies such as adult and family services, women's studies, international trade, criminal justice, and health and welfare.  Others find this interdisciplinary major appropriate lead preparation for professional or graduate school studies in law, government and education.  The major is broadly- based, yet flexible, and is available to students whose educational objectives might not be attained through the University's traditional majors.  A strength and attraction of the Liberal Studies major are the professionally relevant options.  Most concentrations combine two or more subject areas into a unified degree program and are characterized by enhancement of the students’ critical thinking skills and the cross-discipline excitement of understanding how different disciplines present knowledge and challenge students to learn.

A strength and attraction of the Liberal Studies Major are the many options it provides for students to organize a study program that is both personally interesting and professionally relevant. Moreover, such a major sharpens awareness of art, history, philosophy, and technology and the impact of these disciplines on contemporary issues. In doing so, Liberal Studies increases students’ abilities to think and to communicate clearly.

A bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies can be used as preparation for several different careers, including:

  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Publicist
  • Entry-level Management Personnel
  • Social Services Human Relations Officer
  • Para-Professional Librarian
  • Policy Analyst
  • Minister
  • Public Relations Personnel
  • Urban Planner/City Manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Politician
  • Non-profit Organizational Director
  • College Recruiter
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Creative Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Grant Writer
  • Speech Writer
  • Anchorperson
  • Training Specialist
  • Medical Communications Trainer
  • Archivist
  • Museum Manager
  • Employment Interviewer
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Advertising Agent
  • Legislative Analyst 
  • Convention/meeting planner
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Insurance agent
  • Activities Director
  • Career Guidance Counselor
  • Customer Service Coordinator/Representative
  • Loan Officer
  • Office Manager
  • Parole Officer
  • Student Personnel Worker
  • College Advisor
  • Social Services Administrator/ Counselor
A Liberal Studies degree may also be used to prepare for graduate study in these areas:
  • Business
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Library Science
  • Law
  • Medical and Health Science
  • Natural Science
  • Psychology
  • Speech
  • Communication
  • Elementary/Middle School Education
  • Sociology

Other possible employers:

  • Courts and correctional institutions
  • Banks
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Retail Companies
  • Colleges/Universities 
  • Professional Associations
  • Federal/State Agencies