ERIC Number: ED251017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
What Are the Career Paths in Business of Humanities Graduates?
Shulman, Carol Herrnstadt
Career paths of humanities majors are discussed, based on the results of research studies. Attention is directed to: the shifting pattern of student enrollment by major field; employment opportunities in the corporate sector; entry-level employment opportunities; and long-range data that describe the career paths of college graduates. While business and computer science majors have increased, decreases have occurred in arts, humanities, and social sciences majors. Longitudinal data on career paths show that humanities graduates have fared as well in their careers as vocationally-trained graduates. However, humanities graduates face special problems when they seek their first job after college. There are limited opportunities for access to campus recruiters and limited interest by employers in those with liberal arts backgrounds. While technological knowledge may be useful to college graduates, the communication and interpersonal skills used in administrative positions are usually learned in a liberal arts curriculum. Colleges are beginning to recognize a need for more broadly educated graduates. Liberal arts requirements for business majors and business-related courses or cooperative education experience for liberal arts graduates are also important. (SW)
Descriptors: Business, Career Ladders, College Graduates, Employment Experience, Higher Education, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Personnel Selection
Office of National Affairs, Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at a conference sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and the National Endowment for the Humanities (Princeton, NJ, April 27-29, 1983). For related documents, see HE 017 872-879.