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Any of you humanities majors worried about job prospects after graduation?

ivelosthopeivelosthope Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
Hi everyone, I got into UCLA as a sociology major, and although I'm thrilled, I'm also very stressed. I have 2 years and only 2 years to complete my degree. Although I love Sociology, everyone around me asks what on earth I'm planning to do with a humanities degree and I can't give them a straight answer because I do not know myself. I have been contemplating changing my major to Cognitive Science or something more tangible, but because I'm transferring that will be very difficult. How are all of you handling your situations & planning for job prospects after graduating with your degree? (Anthropology, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, etc).

I'm just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this as well.
I'm considering law school, but it just seems like a huge way to bring over 100k debt and I'm quite worried with all the struggling lawyers right now; even some T14 grads are suffering.
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Replies to: Any of you humanities majors worried about job prospects after graduation?

  • CaytonCayton Registered User Posts: 3,060 Senior Member
    lol, sociology isn't a part of the humanities.

    I'm majoring in philosophy and I've no idea what I'll do with my life. I'll figure it out soon enough, though, rest assured. It's worth noting that statistically, humanities majors are not much worse off than their STEM and business-major counterparts after graduation and that their salaries are comparable several years after graduation. According to payscale, philosophy actually does better than biology by mid-career and is comparable in average starting salary to that field!

    And I would recommend against going to law school unless you're very passionate about it and are willing to take on lots of debt for risky job prospects in a profession that many people have found to be highly unsatisfying. Same goes for graduate school.
  • CaytonCayton Registered User Posts: 3,060 Senior Member
    It's also worth noting that going to a good UC school might make you better off than going to a cal-state or unknown private university.
  • Matt4200Matt4200 Registered User Posts: 1,064 Senior Member
    @ivelosthope‌ - In life sometimes you just need to trust that things can and will work in your favor.

    Me personally, I'm going to law school and going to be the best attorney I can be. And if that costs me $100k + in debt so be it.

    "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" - Confucius


    My advice, over the summer talk to a career counselor at your CC or UCLA and open up to them, take some career aptitude tests, and they will help you find careers you are suited for and that don't look too gloomy at the moment.

  • ivelosthopeivelosthope Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
    @Cayton, ah yes I should have included the social sciences in the topic title. Very glad to see that you're confident in your major, Philosophy, which is actually a very useful major because of all the critical thinking you're forced to do!
  • CaytonCayton Registered User Posts: 3,060 Senior Member
    @ivelosthope‌

    You have no idea how much thinking I have to do about a variety of subjects on a daily basis.:P My brain is being honed into a mental weapon and this is only the result of lower-division philosophy at a community college. Just imagine what my brain will be capable of after UCLA has its way with me, lol.


    But yeah, I think we'll be fine. The data indicates so.
  • ivelosthopeivelosthope Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
    @Matt4200, Law school seems suited for you then, which is completely different for me. Although the field of law looks interesting to me, I don't have an overwelming passion for it :(
    The career counselors at my CC are not particularly useful...i'm going to look into my major some more & definitely take some career aptitude tests though. Thanks for the suggestion!
  • music1990music1990 Registered User Posts: 897 Member
    I'm a music major lol soooo yes I have thought about this..

    I just know I would never succeed at something I don't love, and so to me that justifies taking a chance in a risky field. Your major is much less risky than mine, and even if you end up wanting to do something else, having a degree from a good university can get you in the door, regardless of what your degree is in. It shows you're a hard worker. Good luck!
  • Matt4200Matt4200 Registered User Posts: 1,064 Senior Member
    @ivelosthope‌ - Sociology offers a very broad array of options, which is actually pretty good for someone in your situation.

    You could work privately, or for the government. As a Counselor, Social Worker, Paralegal, Attorney, and like 50 other jobs. It's not as narrow as many other majors are.
  • sonic23sonic23 Registered User Posts: 652 Member
    Im a History major and hate telling people because right away they joke at what on earth could i possibly do?

    Well I know for a fact I want to be a teacher, i jut dont know if I will get my teaching credentials or masters. To teach ether high school or cc. Teaching jobs are hard to find. So as my backup plan im hoping emolyeers will just be impressed I went to UCLA..lol

  • CaytonCayton Registered User Posts: 3,060 Senior Member
    @sonic23‌

    If you stay in southern California, a UCLA degree should help quite a bit.
  • CollegeDropout1CollegeDropout1 Registered User Posts: 987 Member
    To tell you the truth, my true passions are humanities related subjects. I have a strong interest in history and political science. I've always wanted to become an architect, but I didn't major in that because of the poor job prospects. I am pick a STEM major because I am afraid of being unemployed. and my family is really poor. Being unemployed was not an option for me. From time to time I stop and wonder if one day I will regret not pursuing architecture, maybe I would have been really good at it.
  • CaytonCayton Registered User Posts: 3,060 Senior Member
    edited April 2014
    @CollegeDropout1‌

    I recommend double-majoring in a humanities major and STEM major. You might get the best of both worlds in pursuing that kind of education. It'll be tough, but if you're dedicated enough, you'll be able to pull it off.
  • CollegeDropout1CollegeDropout1 Registered User Posts: 987 Member
    @Cayton I can't major in history or political science since they are both impacted at UCLA, and if I go to UCSD, it will take me three year just to finish my stem major. I would hate to find out how many more years it would take me to double major at UCSD. I like your new avatar though.
  • CaytonCayton Registered User Posts: 3,060 Senior Member
    edited April 2014
    @CollegeDropout1‌

    History may be impacted, but I believe you can still double-major in it. I recommend looking into that if you've completed the pre-reqs for it(Just 4 classes or so, one of which must be completed at UCLA).

    I think it's worth a shot. Political science, on the other hand, is definitely off-limits.


    And thanks! I have to show off the UCLA Bruin pride now!
  • ivelosthopeivelosthope Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
    @Cayton, just a hypothetical question. So obviously, it says that transfers can't change into biz-econ or econ. But usually people who are accepted into econ are actually pre-econ until they finish all their lower div's, and then after that they petition to get into their major, right? So if a psych major were to complete all the pre-reqs and lower divs with a qualifying GPA at UCLA, would they be able to petition into the major? I mean, they have all the classes done, they just weren't admitted into the pre-major.

    Do you think they would be able to declare the full major? I'm asking for my friend who doesn't have a CC account, lol.
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