Grad School and Humanities Majors

You have many options for further education with your humanities degree, and lots of resources to help you think about your next steps.

An MA/PhD in your major or a related field. Talk to your professors! They know a lot about career prospects for professors and can advise you about programs to apply to. You will need strong recommendations for your application, so starting the conversation early is a great way to build that connection. Sometimes a terminal MA degree in your major or a related discipline is a helpful step towards getting into a funded Ph.D. program, and sometimes it can be an expensive dead end.

Law School. Visit Pre-Law Advising Services for help with planning your future in the law. The online Prelaw Advising Services Handbook has a wealth of information about the process.

Other common paths:

  • library and information science (MSLIS, MLIS, MSIM),
  • social work (MSW),
  • business management (MSM),
  • journalism or communications, public health or public policy,
  • translation/interpretation,
  • education.

More answers to your questions about grad school:

Everyone’s situation is different. The HPRC is here to help you find the resources you need to take the right steps for you. Make an appointment or email humanitiesprc@illinois.edu to start the conversation.