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Liberal Studies
SDSU Liberal Studies

Alternatives to Teaching

Interested in completing a Liberal Studies degree but don't aim to teach elementary or middle school?  Or perhaps you do plan to teach for a time, but then to expand your career goals in another direction.

Some students begin the Liberal Studies program planning to teach at the elementary school level and later realize they're better suited to teaching at the high school level. Others realize they want a career in education, but not as teachers.

A Liberal Studies undergraduate degree can set you on a path toward a variety of professional opportunities. The Liberal Studies major is a generalist degree that serves as a solid foundation both for graduate study and for other careers requiring knowledge of multiple disciplines.

Education Careers

In addition to teaching at the elementary and middle school levels, there are many ways you might use a degree in Liberal Studies as a springboard to a career in the field of education, such as becoming a school administrator, counselor, reading specialist, or high school teacher.

Graduate Study

An undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies gives you a solid academic foundation. Many Liberal Studies students who graduate with a bachelor's degree make the decision to continue on to graduate school and work towards a master's or doctoral degree.

Other Career Directions

Numerous other career directions are possible with the Liberal Studies background. Explore the possibilities!

  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Publicist
  • Management personnel
  • Social services human relations officer
  • Para-professional librarian
  • Policy analyst
  • Minister
  • Public relations personnel
  • Urban planner/city manager
  • Legislative assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Politician
  • Non-profit organizational director
  • Customer service representative
  • Creative writer
  • Copywriter
  • Advertising account executive
  • Grant writer
  • Speechwriter
  • Anchorperson
  • Training specialist
  • Medical communications trainer
  • Archivist
  • Museum manager
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