Arts, Humanities and Social Studies

Most degree programs in arts, humanities and social studies cover subject matter related to social sciences, literature and writing, languages, world cultures, social issues and philosophy.

The umbrella of arts, humanities and social studies is broad in terms of careers. However, it basically encompasses the study of humanity and human relations. As such, individuals interested in this field should enjoy understanding and discovering the many facets of human behaviour. A desire to affect others in a positive or inspirational manner helps individuals succeed in liberal arts and humanities careers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the majority of careers in liberal arts and humanities require at least a bachelor’s degree ( Examples of available degree programs include writing, journalism, economics, women’s studies, history, English, political science, philosophy and sociology. Some students who major in liberal arts or humanities simultaneously pursue a teaching certificate.


Career Options

The analytical, writing and verbal communications skills students develop in liberal arts and humanities courses prepare them for a variety of jobs. Those who earn a degree in English or history may become middle school or secondary teachers in local public school districts or private institutions, though licensing requirements must generally be met.

Students who major in communications, writing or English can go on to develop careers as freelance writers for print and Web-based publications. Non-generalist majors, such as journalism, criminal justice and economics, may lead to careers in reporting, news anchoring, law enforcement and economics.


Courses Available


Creative Writing      

English Language and Applied Linguistics      

English Language and Creative Writing      

English Language and Journalism      

English Language and Linguistics      

English Language and Literature      

English Language and Media      

English Language with a Language      

English Language with English Language Teaching      

English Language with Film      

English Literature      

English Literature and Creative Writing      

English Literature and Journalism      

English Literature and Media      

English Literature with a Language       

English Literature with Film      


History and Creative Writing      

History and English Language      

History and English Literature      

History and Journalism      

History and Philosophy      

History with a Language      

History with Film      


Journalism and Creative Writing      

Journalism and Media      

Mass Communications      


Media and Creative Writing      


Philosophy and Creative Writing      

Philosophy and English Language      

Philosophy and English Literature      

Philosophy and Journalism      

Philosophy and Media      

Philosophy with a Language      

Philosophy with Film      

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics       

Politics & International Relations and History      

Politics & International Relations and Journalism      

Politics & International Relations and Philosophy      

Politics and International Relations

A bachelor’s degree is also usually required for admittance into a graduate program. The different types of degrees available in a bachelor’s degree program include the following: