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Humanities Majors and Business?

Check out this ad for an internship at Synchrony in the University of Illinois Research Park. The job title is a mouthful: Synchrony Emerging Technology Intern (Business, Marketing, Consulting). It gets shortened to “Business etc.” in the ad itself. Much of the ad may sound like white noise, if you haven’t already worked in business. […]


Nothing or Anything?

“Oh, you can do ANYTHING with that major!” people will tell you. It’s more encouraging than the vast abyss of “What are you going to do with THAT major?” but it’s not that helpful. Neither “oh, anything!” or “ew, nothing!” gives the bewildered humanities major a path forward. And yet — the paths exist. There […]


Should I Double Major?

We hear this question a lot. And then the follow-up question: What would make the best second major? The answer is: maybe? (and then, “best” how?) It helps to know why you’re thinking about a second major. Here are some good reasons: “I took a few courses in [major] and really enjoyed them, so I […]


Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Arabic Speakers: US Consular Fellow Program

The US Department of State Consular Fellows Program might be of interest to humanities majors who are US citizens AND study/speak Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, or Portuguese. These are the qualifying languages for this three-year program, which provides an introduction to working as a diplomat. Watch the recording of this recent Facebook live event to […]


Put Courses on Resume?

A student asks: I have another question about my resume. Should I mention the courses I have taken at the U of Illinois so far? Answer: It depends. As with so many resume questions, there are no right or wrong answers — just strategies to convey to employers that you fill the need they have. […]