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The career professionals of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts are here to help you remotely during this time of dispersed education. Please note all of our handouts and most commonly used resources are available on the two previous pages, Career Skills Guides and Opportunities.


Zoom Career/Internship Advising & Resume/Cover Letter Review Walk-In Sessions

Tuesday 12-2pm

Wednesday 6-8pm

Thursday 12-2pm


Internship Advising One-Hour Appointments

Lisa Blacher, Assistant Director / Internship Advisor

Available by Zoom.


Career Exploration, Planning and Strategy One-Hour Appointments

Caroline Gould, Director of Career Development Services

Available by Zoom.


Careers Credit Courses - Fall 2020

Check Spire for specific course requirements and details.

From Here to Career for Humanities and Fine Arts Majors (HM&FNART 292M, Two Sections): “Open to declared HFA majors and HFA exploratory track students. This career development course is designed to help Humanities and Fine Arts students prepare for life by acquiring important professional skills and perspectives. The class will explore a variety of subjects, including how to customize resumes and cover letters, job and internship search strategies, interviewing skills, the importance of internships and networking, and what qualifications HFA majors bring to the job market.”

The Major & Beyond: Career Exploration for English Majors (ENGLISH 491AC): “This course helps you pave the way to a valuable post-graduate experience--be it a program, internship, or job. You will practice important job search skills, learn to articulate the worth of your major, and leave the class with a better sense of your vocational direction. In addition to receiving individualized guidance in creating a cover letter and résumé of immediate use, other assignments are likely to include attendance at career events, interviews with professionals from fields of interest, a professional presentation, a short paper researching professions, and participation in a mock interview. For Sophomores and Juniors.”

History Career Development (HISTORY 398A): “This class is designed to help students prepare for life after the BA by acquiring important professional skills and perspectives. The class will explore a variety of subjects, including what qualifications history majors bring to the job market, the importance of internships and networking, customizing resumes and cover letters, job and internship search strategies, and interviewing skills.”

Art History Career Exploration (ART-HIST 398): “We will explore potential career paths with guest speakers from museums, libraries, archives, galleries, auction houses, and more.  The course is designated to help majors begin to plan art history careers through coursework, internships, and other work experiences.”

Career & Grad School Preparation (ARCH 491G): “This course will focus on preparing Architecture students who are nearing graduation for what comes after the BS in ARCH degree. Students will learn about various career and graduate school pathways. We will also cover topics such as the job search process, networking, interview skills, and licensing requirements, among others. Ample time will be spent workshopping resume and portfolio design, as well as planning job or grad school application strategies.”


Careers Credit Courses - Spring 2021

Check Spire for specific course requirements and details.

From Here to Career for Humanities and Fine Arts Majors (HM&FNART 292M, Two Sections): “Open to declared HFA majors and HFA exploratory track students. This career development course is designed to help Humanities and Fine Arts students prepare for life by acquiring important professional skills and perspectives. The class will explore a variety of subjects, including how to customize resumes and cover letters, job and internship search strategies, interviewing skills, the importance of internships and networking, and what qualifications HFA majors bring to the job market.”

The Major & Beyond: Career Exploration for English Majors (ENGLISH 491AC): “This course helps you pave the way to a valuable post-graduate experience--be it a program, internship, or job. You will practice important job search skills, learn to articulate the worth of your major, and leave the class with a better sense of your vocational direction. In addition to receiving individualized guidance in creating a cover letter and résumé of immediate use, other assignments are likely to include attendance at career events, interviews with professionals from fields of interest, a professional presentation, a short paper researching professions, and participation in a mock interview. For Sophomores and Juniors.”

History Career Development (HISTORY 398A): “This class is designed to help students prepare for life after the BA by acquiring important professional skills and perspectives. The class will explore a variety of subjects, including what qualifications history majors bring to the job market, the importance of internships and networking, customizing resumes and cover letters, job and internship search strategies, and interviewing skills.”

Your Move: Career Preparation for the Theater (THEATER  493U): This culminating course is designed for seniors who intend to pursue careers in the professional theater.  Through projects, activities, lectures, discussions and guest lectures, the course will cover such topics as auditioning, interviews, resumes, portfolios, websites, contacts, agents, unions, job-hunting, and professional theater practices. Students will develop their personal strategies for navigating the business of theater and be expected to be self-motivated in pursuing them before the end of the semester.

Career and Life Choices (WGSS 295C): Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies teaches critical thinking skills.  How can students use these skills to make informed career choices?  Students will formulate their own career questions and choices.  The first part of the semester is self awareness, articulating interests, skills and values.  The second part of the semester focuses on workforce information, practical job search skills, and research on a possible field.  Assignments include: self awareness exercises, informational interviews, budget, resume, cover letter, career research and more.


Our Team

Caroline Gould
Director of Career Development Services

Lisa Blacher
Assistant Director / Internship Advisor

Dylan Larke
Director of Student Success and Engagement

Thomas Pickering
Graduate Career Advisor