FAQ

What types of career services programs and resources are available for College of Arts and Sciences students?
Does an arts and sciences degree limit my career choices?
Why are arts and sciences majors so versatile?
Where do College of Arts and Sciences alumni attend graduate or professional school?


What types of career services programs and resources are available for College of Arts and Sciences students?
Each semester we offer a variety of programs. These include:

  • Individual advising sessions, telephone and e-mail consultations
  • Personalized career exploration plans, job market success strategies and graduate school preparation
  • Extensive job and internship databases and employer contacts, including Quinnipiac's own database, QU Career Connections
  • Comprehensive resources on majors, career assessment tools, industries, occupations, companies and graduate schools
  • University-wide career fairs, on-campus recruiting, and mentoring events tailored to specific majors
  • Workshops on career exploration, job market readiness and success, finding internships, and graduate school admissions
  • Assistance with résumés, cover letters, interviews and networking

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Does an arts and sciences degree limit my career choices?
Not at all! Arts and sciences majors provide excellent preparation for a multitude of career paths. Below is a brief sample of the many jobs filled either exclusively or often by arts and sciences majors, sometimes after more education.

  • Biochemistry: laboratory researcher, biochemist, physician, pharmacist, industrial health & safety specialist, science teacher, environmental remediation specialist, hospital administrator…
  • Biology: laboratory researcher, biologist, science teacher, physician, pharmacist, pharmaceutical sales representative, environmental health educator, physician assistant, technical writer, scientific librarian, food & drug inspector, biomedical engineer, hospital administrator, dentist…
  • Chemistry: laboratory researcher, chemist, science teacher, patent attorney, physician, pharmaceutical sales representative, analytical instrumentation specialist, quality control specialist, pharmacist…
  • Computer science: programmer, systems administrator, database manager, information security engineer, IT consultant, systems analyst, Web designer, software developer…
  • Criminal justice: probations officer, victim advocate, police officer, attorney, forensic scientist, investigator, customs inspector, detective, rehabilitation counselor…
  • English: writer, publisher, editor, attorney, public relations specialist, journalist, librarian, lobbyist, business consultant, policy analyst, manager, advertising specialist…
  • Gerontology: elderly services worker, advocate, policy analyst, therapeutic recreation, case manager, health care administrator, social worker, public health specialist…
  • History: teacher, attorney, librarian, investigator, writer, museum curator, records specialist, researcher, business consultant, policy analyst, editor, journalist, archivist…
  • Interactive digital design: graphic designer, Web designer, print designer, animator, multimedia artist, desktop publisher, art director, motion picture designer…
  • Legal studies: paralegal, attorney, investigator, business consultant, policy analyst, lobbyist, claims representative, nonprofit administrator, inspector, civil servant…
  • Mathematics: teacher, actuary, statistician, operations analyst, financial manager, market research analyst, technical writer, business consultant, budget analyst, underwriter…
  • Political science: attorney, civil servant, teacher, researcher, nonprofit administrator, foreign service officer, lobbyist, politician, policy analyst, government consultant…
  • Psychobiology: doctor, biologist, medical researcher, attorney, pharmacist, public health specialist, counselor, psychologist…
  • Psychology: counselor, social worker, psychologist, researcher, mental health worker, business consultant, project manager, advertising and human resources specialist, speech pathologist, teacher, case manager…
  • Social services: social worker, counselor, child welfare worker, advocate, health care administrator, human resource specialist, policy analyst, nonprofit administrator…
  • Sociology: case manager, researcher, social worker, business consultant, project manager, advocate, civil servant, health care administrator, counselor, policy analyst…
  • Spanish: teacher, researcher, translator, librarian, social worker, hotel/travel specialist, journalist, public relations specialist, cultural affairs administrator, case manager, tour organizer…
  • Theater: actor, teacher, designer, director, manager, press agent, drama therapist, newscaster, film editor, writer, public relations specialist, arts program administrator…

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Why are arts and sciences majors so versatile?
The reason is simple: An arts and sciences major at Quinnipiac enables students to acquire the top skills and personal qualities sought by employers. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' 2008 Job Outlook survey, these are: communication skills, strong work ethic, teamwork skills, initiative, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, analytical skills, flexibility/adaptability, computer skills, technical skills, detail-oriented, and organizational skills.

Furthermore, all our liberal arts majors enable students to develop distinct communication, problem-solving, analytical and technical skills, which are transferable to a variety of employment settings. As articles in Fortune and The Wall Street Journal have discussed, liberal arts graduates are well known for their ability to think. For a selection of these specialized and yet versatile critical thinking skills, please see below.

  • Biochemistry: formulating hypotheses, designing and implementing research projects, collecting and analyzing data, perceiving patterns and structures, understanding and evaluating technical information
  • Biology: formulating hypotheses, designing and implementing research projects, collecting and analyzing data, perceiving patterns and structures, understanding and evaluating technical information
  • Chemistry: formulating hypotheses, designing and implementing research projects, collecting and analyzing data, perceiving patterns and structures, understanding and evaluating technical information
  • Computer science: defining problems, integrating theory and practice, considering alternatives, generating solutions, making projections
  • Criminal justice: analyzing interviews and interrogations, identifying and analyzing social problems and developing solutions, exercising sound judgment and ethical decision making
  • English: thinking independently, reading critically, analyzing components of complex problems, perceiving patterns/structures, comparing/contrasting interpretation
  • Gerontology: identifying and solving problems involving human behavior, avoiding simplistic conclusions, perceiving patterns and structures, analyzing interpersonal relationships
  • History: understanding complex factors within problems, perceiving patterns/structures, comparing and contrasting interpretations, assessing cultural differences, gathering and analyzing information
  • Interactive digital design: integrating theory and practice, considering alternatives, identifying problems and generating solutions
  • Legal studies: discerning complex factors within problems, assessing and synthesizing conflicting view points, gathering and analyzing information, reading critically, practice with strategic problem solving
  • Mathematics: defining and formulating problems, interpreting data and evaluating results, understanding patterns and structures, analyzing the soundness of thought process and approach, applying theoretical approaches to research problems
  • Political science: formulating and assessing hypotheses, gathering and analyzing information, discerning complex factors within problems, perceiving patterns/structures, integrating theory and practice
  • Psychobiology: formulating and assessing hypotheses, gathering and analyzing technical information, discerning complex factors within problems, integrating empirical and observational data, seeking novel explanations to problems
  • Psychology: approaching problems from multiple perspectives, perceiving patterns and trends, understanding components of complex problems, integrating empirical and observational data, seeking novel explanations to problems
  • Social services: approaching problems from multiple perspectives, avoiding simplistic conclusions, perceiving patterns and structures, understanding components of complex problems, analyzing interpersonal relationships
  • Sociology: approaching problems from multiple perspectives, avoiding simplistic conclusions, perceiving patterns and structures, understanding components of complex problems, analyzing relationships between groups and individuals
  • Spanish: approaching problems from multiple perspectives, comparing and contrasting interpretations, identifying and crossing cultural boundaries, synthesizing themes, assessing and understanding multicultural human relationships
  • Theater: comparing and contrasting diverse perspectives, interpreting texts, analyzing emotions, identifying and assessing contextual factors, creative problem-solving

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Where do College of Arts and Sciences alumni attend graduate or professional school?
The list of graduate and professional schools that recent Quinnipiac University of Arts and Sciences alumni attend is long and it includes schools such as Yale University, Columbia University, Dartmouth Medical School, Brown University, Stanford University and Quinnipiac, as well as many other programs ranked highly by U.S. News & World report, including:

  • Top art school: Rhode Island School of Design
  • Top five education programs: Teachers College - Columbia University
  • Top five nursing programs: Yale University
  • Top five and 15 criminal justice programs: University of Cincinnati, City University of New York - John Jay College
  • Top five, 10 and 20 social work programs: Columbia University, Boston College, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Smith College, Boston University, Fordham University, New York University
  • Top five and 10 history programs: University of Chicago, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Top five and 10 public health programs: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Emory University
  • Top five and 15 veterinary schools: University of Wisconsin, University of Florida, Tufts University, Purdue University
  • Top 10 engineering schools: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Top five and 15 business schools: New York University, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Top 15 physician assistant programs: Quinnipiac University
  • Top 15 student affairs programs: Michigan State University
  • Top 15, 25 and 50 law schools: Vanderbilt University, Emory University, University of Connecticut
  • Top 15 and 50 medical schools for research and/or primary care: Dartmouth Medical School, Georgetown University, Tufts University, University of Connecticut
  • Top 30 clinical psychology programs: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Top 50 pharmacy schools: University of South Carolina

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