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Selecting a major is NOT the same as choosing a career

It’s true.. Employers are interested in what makes you, YOU! The whole you. From skills and abilities to internships, extracurriculars , and overall passions — majoring in a certain area does not necessarily require you to choose a certain career.

There are a handful careers in which major selection is a consideration. These include but are not limited to: accounting, computer programming, engineering, and finance.

Pursue a major that interests you.

Students usually make the best grades in the classes they enjoy the most, so why not choose a major that your passionate about?

Research, explore, and be open-minded.

The purpose of your major is not to prepare you for one specific job, especially at a liberal arts university like Wake Forest. Your major is to develop you as a whole person. Consider all the possibilities and passions you can pursue!


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Accountancy

The Accountancy major is housed with the WFU Schools of Business. Wake Forest students can enroll in the integrated MSA program and earn both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees with five years of course work at Wake Forest, beginning with a strong liberal arts education in the first and second years. These students apply to the Schools of Business in their sophomore year and then apply to the MSA program in their junior year of study. Requirements for admission under this path require admission into the Wake Forest undergraduate business program as well as junior level accounting coursework within the undergraduate business school.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Proficiency in written and oral communication; Ability to organize, analyze and interpret numerical data; Aptitude for accuracy and detail; Ability to lead, direct, and supervise others; Logical problem solving; Motivation, initiative, drive; Intellectual capacity to do well in most undergraduate and graduate college programs; Proficiency with computers; Reading comprehension; Problem identification; and ability to interpret and explain financial data to others.

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Accountancy
Majors go?

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WFU Schools of Business

Anthropology

“Anthropology”– from the Greek anthropos (“human”) and logia (“science”) –is the scientific study of humankind, from its beginnings millions of years ago to the present day. Its subject matter is both exotic and commonplace. Its focus is both sweeping and microscopic. Anthropologists may study the environmental impact of a new industry, the folklore of West Virginia, primate disease patterns, prehistoric cultures in North Carolina, or secret societies.

A common thread links these vastly different projects. The common goal is to advance knowledge of who we are and how we came to be that way. Because the subject matter of anthropology is so broad, an undergraduate major in anthropology is part of a broad liberal arts background for men and women interested in any career, including law, environmental studies, government, business, international relations, medicine, and in just being a well-educated citizen.

The broad focus within the Anthropology major is especially valuable to students seeking to develop expertise in planning, decision-making, and management. Anthropology’s scope and intellectual perspective prepares students to make objective, far-sighted decisions at the professional level in any career field, either at home or abroad.

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Anthropology
Majors go?

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WFU Department of Anthropology

Art History

The study of art history and studio art provides a historical, cultural, and social context for the comprehension, evaluation, and creation of visual art. Studying art fosters critical thinking, visual literacy, and an understanding of the complex potential of visual communication and culture.

The Department of Art offers small class sizes, one-on-one instruction, careful mentoring, interdisciplinary flexibility and a strong commitment to the liberal arts. Studying art at Wake Forest can prepare you for a career that combines the study of art with a wide variety of other interests. Art History offers courses in periods ranging from ancient to contemporary, including course topics such as the History of Architecture, History of Film, History of Photography, and Visual Theory. Studio Art offers courses and concentrations in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and digital art. Course topics include public art, life drawing, and videography.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Ability to analyze works of art; Research skills as demonstrated in papers and exams; Visual analysis; Analytical skills; Communication skills; Time management skills; Problem solving skills; and passion for the visual arts.

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Art History
Majors go?

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WFU Department of Art

Interesting Careers

Many careers require the kind of careful observational and analytical skills integral to art practice and study. Students go on to Studio MFA programs and Masters and PhD programs in Art History as well as careers in medicine, entrepreneurship, law, business, etc. Through study in art you may also go on to become an:

Art Educator K-12
Art Historian
Artist
Professor
Museum Educator
Visual Resources Librarian
Architect
Graphic Designer
Fashion Designer
Interior Designer
Art Therapist
Medical Illustrator
Preparator
Conservator
Curator
Registrar
Exhibition Design
Graphic Design
Marketing
Advancement
Advertising Professional
Art Writer
Art Advisor
Art Dealer
Auction House Specialist
Marketing Professional

Additional Opportunities

  • Exhibit work at START Gallery in Reynolda Village, Hanes Art Gallery, or downtown Winston Salem venues.
  • Curate exhibitions, exhibit and sell your work, and gain experience in a professional gallery setting at START: WFU Student Art Gallery.
  • Seek internships in museums and cultural organizations. WFU credit for internships is available through the Art Department’s internship coordinator, Harry Titus. For volunteer internships inquire through Career Services or the Art Department.
  • The Management in the Visual Arts course offers business and art students the opportunity to travel to New York City for an exceptional and privileged look into the inner workings of the “Art World”.
  • Every four years a select group of students travel to NYC to purchase contemporary art for the Student Union Collection.
  • The Art Department’s Annual Overnight Trip to Washington DC is an immersive art experience.
  • Honors in Studio Art offers an intense studio and solo exhibition.
  • Honors in Art History offers the opportunity to develop an original research project and thesis.
  • Volunteer with our visiting artists and lecturers.
  • Volunteer with LINK IN, a program that aims to connect past, present, and future Wake Forest art students to strengthen sense of community, foster new learning opportunities, further career opportunities for students and alumni, and support the growth of the arts and overall strength of Wake Forest.
  • Work-study opportunities are available with faculty, the Visual Resources Library, and the changing art exhibitions in the Hanes Gallery.
  • Assist faculty with research.
  • Collaborate with Public Art Projects.
  • Know the exhibitions and opportunities available at local museums, galleries, and art centers.
  • Study abroad in Wake Forest residential study centers

Business and Enterprise Management

The Business and Enterprise Management major is designed to preserve a generalist business curriculum that develops in students a holistic and integrated perspective of business while simultaneously giving them a unique and compelling story to tell about themselves, their aspirations, and their business education.

Key curriculum components include a practicum experience consisting of a required internship combined with a reflective overview and personal portfolio component, a professional development workshop series, a Capstone Leadership Experience, a 3-course concentration, and a unique structure for the required organizational behavior and strategic management courses.

Business and Enterprise Management is one of the rare business majors in the country that allows customization according to the student’s interests. In addition to providing students with a strong foundation in business knowledge and skills, on-the-job internship experience, professional development and leadership training, students can choose to build on their talents by selecting one of the following concentrations or designing their own:

Marketing
International Business
New Business Development
Arts Markets
German Business Management
Nonprofit Management

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include:  Ability to clearly communicate ideas and concepts to others; Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking; Ability to solve problems and make appropriate decisions; Strong background in business, marketing, and human relations; Aptitude for leadership; Ability to inspire productivity and exact loyalty from others; Ability to respond spontaneously and work well under pressure; Intellectual capacity to perform well in most undergraduate and graduate college programs; and proficiency with computers

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Business and Enterprise Management
Majors go?

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WFU School of Business

Biology

Biology encompasses the study of all living organisms, including microbes, plants, and animals. The study of biology includes various aspects of life; including basic organization (molecular, cellular, tissues, organs), how organisms function and their roles in the natural environment, how hereditary information is transferred, and development of biotechnology.

Biology graduates are broadly trained and well prepared for admission into strong graduate programs in the biological sciences and professional schools (medical, dental, and veterinary). They may also directly assume positions in government, education, industry, or certain technical

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major: Organizing ideas/information; Applying scientific concepts to problems; Making projections from data; Ability to make critical observations and appropriate decisions; Ability to operate scientific equipment; Ability to organize and maintain accurate records; Good vision and manual dexterity; Ability to conduct and clearly explain scientific research; Strong mathematical background; Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and memorization; and sensitivity to the health and safety of others.

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Biology
Majors go?

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WFU Department of Biology

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Biology majors include:

Biochemist
Bioinformaticist
Blood Bank Technologist
Clinical Pathologist
Crime Lab Analyst
Cytotechnologist
Dentist
Dietician
Educator
Environmental Specialist
Field Study Coordinator
Food and Drug Inspector
Genetic Counselor
Health Program Assistant
Hemotherapist
Histologist
Lab Technician
Legal Assistant
Medical Equipment Sales
Medical Investigator
Medical Librarian
Medical Writer
Microbiologist
Optometrist
Parasitologist
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Physical Therapist
Physician
Physician’s Assistant
Public Health Specialist
Quality Control Specialist
Toxicologist

Biophysics

 

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Biophysics
Majors go?

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WFU Department of Chemistry

Interesting Careers

 

Chemistry

Chemistry majors develop skills that may lead to a wide variety of occupational tracks. Trained to think both analytically and creatively, chemists solve practical as well as research problems– skills that are readily transferable to many careers.

Chemistry provides answers to questions about the living and material world around us. Knowledge of chemistry is essential to understanding fields ranging from cell biology to materials science. In addition to careers directly related to chemistry, chemistry majors find employment opportunities in such diverse fields as medicine, veterinary medicine, chiropractic medicine, osteopathy, pharmacology, pharmaceuticals, physical therapy, dentistry, medical technology, engineering, criminology, and law. Knowledge of chemistry is also crucial to environmental protection efforts as well as to preserving the health and safety of mankind.

Chemistry majors may be employed in such diverse settings as research, education, government, and private industry. Nearly 70 percent of chemists have jobs in the industrial sector. Others work in academia, for nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Almost half of all chemists work in research. Often chemists combine teaching and research, administrative, and production work.

The Wake Forest University Chemistry Department offers undergraduate students either a BA or BS degree in Chemistry.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Ability to make critical observations and appropriate decisions; Ability to operate scientific equipment; Ability to organize and maintain accurate records; Good vision and manual dexterity; Ability to conduct and clearly explain scientific research; Strong mathematical background; Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and memorization; Sensitivity to the health and safety of others; and ability to analyze data and find new ways of doing things.

Where do WFU
Chemistry
Majors go?

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WFU Department of Chemistry

Interesting Careers

Career fields that often interest Chemistry majors:

Astronomer
Chemical Engineer
Chemist
Dentist
Dietician
Educator
Food and Drug Analyst
Food Technologist
Forensic Chemist
Genetic Counselor
Hospital Administrator
Laboratory Analyst
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Researcher
Meteorologist
Pharmaceuticals Researcher
Pharmacist
Physician
Toxicologist

Classics

Classical studies embraces the study of Greek and Latin language, literature, history and culture. An emphasis in Classics provides students scholarly tools that enable them to understand better the culture of the ancient world as well as the world in which they live. Studying classical culture also improves a student’s ability to communicate cross culturally, increases understanding and sensitivity to different cultures, and broadens knowledge of the world.

At Wake Forest, students may major or minor in Greek, Latin, or Classical Studies. Courses offered by the Department are relevant to studies in Art, Anthropology, History, Religion, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Women’s Studies.

Career opportunities for graduates are many and varied. They include teaching at the secondary level, non-teaching academic positions, journalism, business, museum work, law, library work, editorial work, positions in travel and tourist industry, and government positions in foreign service. The major can help prepare students to enter graduate school in classics, comparative literature, linguistics, history, as well as other fields. Many Wake Forest classics majors have gone on to graduate and professional study at distinguished institutions and have been successful in pursuing higher degrees.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Ability to assimilate new information and integrate it with earlier knowledge; Facility in organizing and remembering extensive vocabulary; An understanding of Greek and Latin grammar, which leads to a greater understanding of language in general; Facility in using language; Proficiency in reading, speaking, and writing; Propensity to think logically; and analytical and problem solving skills.

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Classics
Majors go?

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WFU Department of Classical Languages

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Classics majors include:

Anthropologist
Attorney
Consultant
Curator
Editor
Educator
Foreign Service Officer
Journalist
Librarian
Minister
Physician
Technical Writer
Travel Agent

Communication

Communication as an academic field relates to all the ways we communicate, so it embraces a large body of knowledge. The information relates to both verbal and nonverbal messages. A body of scholarship all about communication is presented and explained in textbooks, electronic publications, and academic journals. In the journals, researchers report the results of studies that are the basis for an ever-expanding understanding of how we all communicate.

The Department of Communication at Wake Forest pursues the theoretical, critical, and scientific study of human communication in all its forms. In pursuit of that overall goal it advances three areas of concentration: communication science, rhetorical studies, and media and film studies.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Excellent writing and speaking skills; Critical thinking; Communication/teaching skills; Assessing needs; Using humor; Answering questions, providing information; Active listening; Developing rapport and trust; Teaching; Training; and coaching.

Where do WFU
Communication
Majors go?

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WFU Department of Communication

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Communication majors include:

Account Executive
Advertising Director
Copywriter
Consultant
Editor
Educator
Event Planner
Executive Trainer/Coach
Foreign Service Officer
Human Resources Specialist
Journalist
Lobbyist
Marketing Coordinator
Media Specialist
Missionary
Museum Director
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Political Consultant
Production Assistant
Public Information Officer

Computer Science

Computer science deals with the logical and mathematical foundations of computing, techniques for solving problems with computer programs, and the technical underpinnings of computer hardware and networks. This major prepares its graduates to provide technical support for computer operations and to develop new computer hardware and software systems. With this major, students can look forward to working with major computer manufacturers, software development corporations, the communications industry and consulting firms.

If you’re a computer science major, you live in a world of acronyms: HTML, TCP/IP, MS, IT, OS—and the list changes constantly. Keeping up with new technologies might seem daunting, but luckily for you, students with computer savvy are in high demand in a variety of different fields. Whether you have stellar programming skills, networking know-how, or have just designed your own web page, it’s important to complement your computer science major with an internship.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Ability to trace problems to their sources; Analyzing communication situations; Skilled at clarifying problems or situations; Systematizing/organizing material; Organizing/classifying data; Able to anticipate and diagnose problems; Perceiving/defining cause and effect relationships; Decision making; Proficiency for accuracy and detail; Ability to work under pressure; and ability to work with others.

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Computer Science
Majors go?

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WFU Department of Computer Science

Interesting Careers

Career that often interests students in the Computer Science major include:

Analyst
Applications Research Programmer
Application Specialist
Consultant
Computer Systems/Software Sales Representative
Data Processing Manager
Database Administrator
Educator
Engineer
Network Manager
Programmer
Project Manager
Software Engineer
Systems Administrator
Systems Engineer
Technician

Economics

The great English economist Alfred Marshall (1842-1924) defined economics as “a study of mankind in the ordinary business of life; it examines that part of individual and social action which is most closely connected with the attainment and with the use of the material requisites of well being.” Though increasing numbers of students have the opportunity of studying economics in high school, most students know very little about the discipline when they enroll in the introductory college course. There they learn not just the nuts and bolts of economic theory, but more importantly the usefulness of economic theory in managing their personal affairs and dealing with social and political problems. The “economic way of thinking” is indeed a powerful tool for students to take with them through the rest of their lives.

Former Wake Forest economics and mathematical economics majors are in a wide variety of professions. An economics major is excellent preparation for graduate study in law or business as well as economics and public policy. Many graduates go on to graduate school in these and other fields. Others move directly into professions from the undergraduate program. Banking, financial and management consulting, medical services and pharmaceuticals, real estate and consumer products are only a few of the market areas in which alumni have taken jobs. Numerous other opportunities for economics majors are in the non-profit and public sectors, in areas such as education, fine arts, and public administration.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Critiquing and diagnosing problems; Trouble-shooting; Analyzing community needs; Problem-solving; Program development; Analyzing public policies; Decision-making; Analyzing manpower requirements; Systematizing/organizing material; Reviewing/evaluating; Team building; and goal setting.

Where do WFU
Economics
Majors go?

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WFU Department of Economics

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interests Economics majors include:

Actuary
Archivist
Attorney
Auditor
Bank Officer
Budget Analyst
City Planner
Claims Adjuster
Consultant
Controller
Credit Analyst
Educator
Foreign Service Officer
Financial Analyst
International Trade Specialist
Investment Banker
Lobbyist
Statistician
Technical Writer

Education

The need for better-educated, better-prepared teachers has never been greater and this opens up great education career opportunities. As the nation works to raise the quality of instruction, reduce class sizes, and improve academic programs, the demand for well-qualified teachers will steadily rise. Over the next ten years, more than two million new teachers will be needed to meet rising enrollment demands and to replace retiring teachers. There is not only a demand for teachers, but there are also many opportunities for teachers, making today a great time to start a career in education.

Some teachers teach in order to help children learn and grow and to make a contribution to society. Others say they have a sense of commitment to the community or the nation, an intellectual fascination with a particular discipline such as math or history, or that they have been inspired by one of their own teachers. The answers vary but there is almost always a deep commitment to having a positive impact on the lives of children. The skills you need and develop as a teacher are important for virtually all other jobs. Teachers interact with many people, plan and organize large amounts of information, communicate both in writing and orally, effectively manage time, and make dozens of important decisions daily.

As an educator, your professional skills can make a difference in the world, and the challenges and rewards for educators have never been greater. As school reform sweeps the country, higher expectations for students and instructors alike have resulted in innovative approaches to teaching that are helping to reach all children. If you’re dedicated to helping children learn and want to become part of a dynamic and rewarding profession, then you might consider an education major or minor.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Patience; Organizational skills; Ability to think on your feet; Motivational skills; Comfortable in a group setting; Public speaking skills; Supervising and directing; Creativity; Evaluating and interpreting the work of students; Dependable; and ability to work with little supervision.

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Education
Majors go?

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WFU Department of Education

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Education majors include:

Academic Teacher
Athletic Coach
Child Life Specialist
Educational Materials Coordinator
Executive Trainer
Grant Writer
Principal
Professor
Religious Education Coordinator
School Administrator
School Counselor
School Media Specialist

English

While poring over poems, novels, and plays, English majors develop a critical and aesthetic understanding of English as a language, and of literature as an art form. English majors acquire a profound sense of history while reading historical novels, which are usually richer in cultural, social, and political perception than most history textbooks are. Students in other majors might not think studying sonnets and short stories could give someone an edge, but after four years of English classes, your research and writing skills have been finely tuned. You have mastered the ability to communicate, think critically, and produce in-depth analysis of any written piece that comes your way.

A common misconception about English majors is that after they graduate the only thing they can do with their degree is go to graduate school or teach. With such a firm foundation of writing and communication skills; however, English majors are ready to hit the street and tackle a host of careers—after a few internships, that is. An internship within an intriguing industry will help translate academic skills directly into applicable workplace skills. Internships are great ways to get experience and help you narrow down your endless career possibilities.

After graduation, English majors often find positions in: nonprofit organizations education, advertising, consulting, entertainment (film, TV, and radio), government agencies, investment banks and financial services, journalism, law/lobbying firms, public relations, and publishing or continue their education in graduate or law school.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Aptitude for making critical observations; Proficiency at reading, writing, and speaking; Command of grammar and vocabulary; Capable of reading analytically; Creative thinking; Ability to work toward deadlines; Able to successfully make decisions; and attention to detail.

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English
Majors go?

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WFU Department of English

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest English majors include:

Advertising Copywriter
Attorney
Author
Book Store Manager
Broadcast Journalist
Congressional Aide
Copy Editor
Court Reporter
Editor
Educator
Entertainment Agent
ESL Instructor
Freelance Writer
Human Resources Director
Journalist
Librarian
Literary Agent
Media Specialist
Paralegal
Press Representative
Public Relations Director
Publishing Assistant
Technical Writer

Finance

Majoring in Finance provides an understanding of financial decisions made by corporations and how capital markets work. Students gain the skills and knowledge to value cash flows and assets, analyze the financial performance of firms, determine strategies to enhance the value of the firm, analyze portfolios, value financial securities, and understand domestic and international capital markets.

The Finance major in the Schools of Business prepares students for careers in corporate finance and financial services. Financial services includes portfolio management, investment banking and commercial banking, and financial consulting. The major emphasizes an in-depth concentration in finance, supported by applied statistics and accounting beyond the introductory level, which is critical in a global environment. The Finance major is also one of the gateway majors to the one-year Master of Science in Accountancy degree.

The Finance major emphasizes the integration of financial economics, accounting and applied statistics to provide students a framework with which to understand a complex financial landscape. Graduates are encouraged to pursue a certification such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

For students to be optimally prepared in a competitive economic environment, it is strongly recommended that students pursue an internship during the summer between the junior and senior year.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Communication (oral and written); Analytical skills; Data analysis; Technical skills; Financial modeling; Accuracy; Interpersonal skills; Decision-making; Critical thinking; and quantitative and qualitative skills.

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Finance
Majors go?

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WFU School of Business

Foreign Languages

Parlez-vous francais? Hablas español? Parlate italiano? If your attention is focused beyond our borders, you’re not alone.  Majoring in a foreign language provides you with many of the skills in which employers are interested, although securing a job that uses your foreign language skills can be challenging. With the exception of positions in translating, interpreting or teaching, in most cases at the entry level your language fluency is seen as a secondary skill, an asset.

One option many foreign language students pursue is taking a semester to study abroad in a foreign speaking country. This will give you not only a better handle of the language, but if you are intentional with your time abroad a number of future job connections. Other possibilities to get your feet wet are available with international volunteer organizations that require translators in the field. On the local level, Wake Forest has connections with volunteer clinics and community centers in need of interpreters.

Many developed countries require a TEFL certificate to attain a work visa as the demands on foreign speaking students are becoming increasingly more sophisticated.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within these majors include: Translating ideas/languages; Strong written and oral communication skills; Perception of word patterns and structures; Analyzing content; Gathering information; Summarizing; Comparing ideas/translations; Memorizing; Project development and follow through; Attention to detail; Understanding other cultures; Sensitivity to diversity; and ability to clarify others’ thoughts and ideas.

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Foreign Language
Majors go?

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Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Foreign Language majors include:

Editor/Proofreader
Educator
Foreign Service Officer
Interpreter
Journalist
Language Engineer
Lexicographer
Librarian
Linguist
Missionary
Social worker
Technical writer
Translator

Health and Exercise Science

The purpose of the health and exercise department is to advance knowledge through research and to disseminate the knowledge in this field of study through education of and service to humanity. The primary focus of the department is promoting health and preventing and treating disease through healthful behaviors, emphasizing physical activity and nutrition.

HES majors tend to pursue one of three options after graduating. These options are: further education in medicine or allied health fields, further education in HES fields, or immediate employment.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Interpersonal skills; Leading/coordinating; Strong understanding of anatomy and physiology; Awareness of proper nutrition; Caring; Organizing; Motivating/developing others; Problem-solving; and ability to assess the physical condition of others.

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Health and Exercise
Science Majors go?

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WFU Department of Health and Exercise Science

Interesting Careers

Careers that interest students in the HES major include:

Educator
Epidemiologist
Fitness Center Manager
Nurse
Nutritionist
Occupational Therapist
Personal Trainer
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Physical Therapist
Physician
Physician Assistant
Physiologist
Public Health Advocate
Recreational Therapist
Research Assistant

History

History is the study of major social, economic, political and cultural events of the past. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the history and culture of ancient, medieval, as well as modern times, including those societies outside traditional American and European boundaries.  Additionally, they should supplement this understanding with the use of a foreign language. The subject matter broadens a student’s perspective as classroom instruction applies the results of historical study for the preservation and future growth of nations and institutions.

A sound component of a liberal arts education, history serves practical needs by providing solid background for pursuing graduate studies or a career in law, education, business, advertising, ministry, journalism, government service, or preservation. The history major meets an important need for the business world by providing the ability to analyze and write effectively, and by developing a sense of balanced judgment. For those who choose to teach, the major provides necessary subject-matter content.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Ability to analyze historical works; Research skills as demonstrated in papers and exams; Capacity to learn a foreign language; Talented at evaluating and interpreting events, information, and ideas as they relate to the past; Skilled in written and oral expression of ideas; Time management skills; and ability to retain diverse sets of information.

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History
Majors go?

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WFU Department of History

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest History majors include:

Archivist
Attorney
CIA/FBI Agent
Consultant
Curator
Editor
Educator
Financial Analyst
Foreign Service Officer
Journalist
Legislative Aide
Lobbyist
Market Analyst
Museum Director
Physician
Politician
Press Secretary
Public Relations Specialist
Writer

Mathematics

Mathematics is one of the oldest and most basic of the sciences; its origins can be traced to the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations. Mathematics provides the common language for all sciences and is also an important discipline in its own right. It is an art as well as a science; creative mathematical research has even been compared to poetry.

Specialization within mathematics may be described from two perspectives: (1) from the perspective of a career, the mathematics student may enter teaching (intermediate or secondary), may seek employment in government or industry, or may continue studying mathematics or related fields in graduate school; (2) from the perspective of mathematical content, mathematics is traditionally divided, not precisely to be sure, into pure and applied mathematics.

The central areas of pure mathematics are usually classified as analysis (including the many subjects derived from calculus), algebra (including number theory), and topology (including geometry). Applied mathematics includes statistics, numerical analysis and other computer related mathematics, operations research, actuarial science, economics, and others, in addition to the traditional applications in the physical and engineering sciences. It should be noted that advanced work in these applied areas builds heavily on an adequate background in the traditional pure areas, although the student may take beginning courses in these applied areas as an undergraduate. Actuarial science requires the selection of specific courses and serious study in preparation for the actuarial exams.

Graduate level education in all areas of pure and applied mathematics has mushroomed in the last twenty years. The number of excellent graduate schools has grown proportionally. In recent years, the declining interest among students nationwide in entering graduate school has actually made admission to some of the better graduate schools less competitive.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Persistence; Patience; Logical manner of thinking; Strong problem solving skills; Creativity; Comfort with abstract concepts; Analytical skills; Recognition of patterns and hidden similarities within groups of data; and independent thinking.

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Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Math majors include:

Accountant
Actuary
Auditor
Attorney
Bank Officer
Budget Analyst
Consultant
Controller
Credit Analyst
Educator
Financial Analyst
Investment Banker
Mortgage Banker
Numerical Analyst
Physician
Project Manager
Statistician
Technical Advisor
Technical Writer
Underwriter

Mathematical Business

The bachelor’s program in mathematical business is designed for students interested in pursuing business careers in which a strong analytical background is essential to analyze and solve business problems in various business functional areas. The philosophy of the program is to prepare students with a thorough under-standing of business functions and equip them with the requisite mathematical, statistical, and computer tools to solve complex problems in these functional areas. Possible career paths include actuarial and management consulting professions as well as various staff positions in manufacturing, finance, marketing and information systems.

Mathematical business is an interdisciplinary major offered jointly by the Schools of Business and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. As such, it draws from the strengths of these two disciplines, giving the students access to a wide variety of expertise and experiences that these two academic areas possess. The program consists of approximately one-half business and one-half mathematics and computer science courses. In addition, there is a required seminar, jointly taught by business and mathematics professors. The intention of this seminar is to provide the majors with a forum where they can see, through studies of actual cases from the business world, how mathematical, statistical and computer techniques can be used to solve many business problems.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Analytical reasoning; Communication; Interpersonal skills; Applying theory; Reading graphs; Quick thinking; Conceptual ability; Group cohesion; Presentation ability; Public speaking; Understand computer technologies; Detail oriented; Time management; Critical thinking; and organizational skills.

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Mathematical Business
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Mathematical Economics

The Department of Economics and the Department of Mathematics offer a joint major leading to a bachelor of science degree in mathematical economics. This interdisciplinary program affords the student an opportunity to apply mathematical methods to the development of economic theory, models, and quantitative analysis.

The joining together of mathematics and economics is a useful merger. Where economics provides the questions from everyday life, mathematics provides the analytic method from which the answers can be derived. In addition to being able to take economics further because of the possibilities allowed for by advanced mathematics techniques, the students in this major develop a heightened sense of accomplishment from intelligently applying such sophisticated and diverse techniques as multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and statistics. Going beyond the scope of mathematics or economics individually, the math-econ program allows for a more comprehensive study and analysis of applied mathematics.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Persistence; Patience; Logical manner of thinking; Strong problem solving skills; Creativity; Comfort with abstract concepts; Analytical skills; Recognition of patterns and hidden similarities within groups of data; Enthusiasm for the subject; and independent thinking.

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Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Mathematical Economics majors include:
Accountant
Actuary
Archivist
Attorney
Bank Officer
Budget Analyst
Consultant
Controller
Credit Analyst
Educator
Foreign Service Officer
Financial Analyst
International Trade Specialist
Investment Banker
Lobbyist
Statistician
Technical Writer

Music

The music program at Wake Forest is small enough to accommodate a variety of student interests. All students receive a solid grounding in music theory and history, with additional coursework in performance and ensembles. More specific interests are served through elective courses in performance, church music, theory and history.

Music majors may focus on a number of distinct areas of specialization: performance, music theory, composition, or education. Some performance students may focus on developing skill with one musical instrument, while others may specialize in a number of areas.

Some students pursue careers closely related to music, such as performers, educators, songwriters, conductors, arrangers, composers, or actors. Others choose careers behind the scenes or in the business area of music in careers as producers, engineers, managers, agents, or publishers. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments, such as those that this major provides. Thus, some graduates pursue careers in fields quite unrelated to music and continue their interest in music as a volunteer activity, hobby, or means of supplemental income.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Ability to read, write, and perform music; Creativity and artistic expression; Ability to concentrate intensely for long periods of time; Ability to perceive patterns/structures; Strong performance techniques; Able to lead and participate in small and large groups; Ability to keep audience’s interest; Perseverance; and keen hearing.

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WFU Department of Music

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Music majors include:

Artist and Repertoire Person
Background Music Designer
Band Director
Band Leader
Church Choir Director
Composer/Arranger
Copyright Specialist
Critic
Director
Disc Jockey
Engineer/Mixer
Film Music Director/Editor
Instrument Manufacturer
Instrument Technician
Music Attorney
Music Critic
Music Education Director
Music Equipment or Instruments Sales Representative
Music Minister
Music Publicist
Music Software Designer
Music Store Manager
Music Teacher/Professor
Music Therapist
Musician
Orchestra Librarian
Orchestra Manager
Promoter
Recording Technician
School Music Programs Coordinator
Singer/Performer
Special Events Coordinator
Studio Musician
Talent Agent
Tour Manager
Writer/Editor

Philosophy

Philosophy, the subject or discipline, is not so much a body of facts as it is a way of thinking and learning. It consists of understanding and coming to intelligent and critical terms with concepts or ideas that are used to describe basic features of human experience as well as of the natural or physical world. These ideas — sometimes referred to as Big Ideas – include, among others, concepts like the following: notions of reality and existence, matter and mind, the rational and the irrational, the meaningful, the good, the right, the just, and the sacred. Thinking intelligently and critically about Big Ideas requires powers of reason and imagination, sense and sensibility, and comprehension and judgment. The major is designed to develop those powers or skills in students.

Great Thinkers – the likes of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, among others – provide a variety of different models for coming to terms with Big Ideas. So the history of philosophy is a prominent component in the education of a Wake Forest philosophy major. Also prominent is exposure to various special areas of philosophy, such as ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology, as well as to applications of philosophical analysis to subjects such as medicine, the arts, and law.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Objectivity; Ability to conduct research and explain results; Capacity to effectively analyze and problem solve; Open-minded concerning complex life questions; Ample command of grammar and vocabulary; Ability to formulate and support various positions; Skillful at analytical reasoning; Capable of integrating large amounts of information; Values logical thought and self-expression; Inclined to question the meaning of things; and propensity to support thinking with facts and reason.

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Philosophy majors include:

Advertising Specialist
Archivist
Attorney
Bank Officer
Consultant
Counselor
Educator
Foreign Service Officer
Financial Analyst
Librarian
Journalist
Judge
Missionary
Museum Curator
Physician
Public Relations Representative
Publisher
Volunteer Coordinator

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Philosophy
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WFU Department of Philosophy

Physics

Physics, the most basic of the sciences, has intellectual and useful aspects. The intellectual component resides in our innate desire to understand the physical characteristics of our universe. The usefulness is evident everywhere in high-tech products and computerized communications. Productive citizens in this technological age have a liberal education which includes an under-standing of science. Many of the technological advances in our modern society flow directly from physics laboratories, such as, the many applications of lasers, or the possibility of high speed levitated trains relying on high temperature superconductors.

There are a variety of different opportunities for students majoring in physics. Research jobs are found in industrial laboratories, government laboratories, and universities. Teaching jobs are available at all levels of education, from middle school to the university. University physicists normally teach and do research with students.

The computer industry values the analytical and problem solving skills that physics majors bring. Computational physics is the fastest growing research area within the discipline of physics, and the skills acquired by physics majors in pursuing computational physics nicely complement the expertise they learn in computer science courses. Such students are finding rewarding careers in programming and systems design.

The physics major is also excellent preparation for students planning to enter science-related businesses, MBA school, medical school, or law school. Medical schools seek out students with majors in physics because of the high-tech nature of medical care. MBA schools consider a major in physics outstanding preparation for an understanding of manufacturing and the high-tech aspect of our economy.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Aptitude toward making critical observations; Proficiency at reading, writing, and speaking; Problem solving; Analytical thinking; Creative thinking; Ability to work toward deadlines; and able to successfully make decisions.

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Physics
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Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Physics majors include:

Astronomer
Cardiac Imaging Researcher
Educator
Engineer
Hydrologist
Laboratory Technician
Nuclear Plant Manager
Operations Analyst
Optical Devices Designer
Physicist (various fields)
Physiognomist
Satellite Data Analyst
Seismologist
Stratigrapher

Politics and International Affairs

Are you interested in American politics, international affairs, domestic developments in other parts of the world and political theory? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interests? If so, you should consider political science as a major. Political science is the study of government, public policies and political behavior. Political science uses both humanistic perspectives and scientific skills to examine the United States and all countries and regions of the world.

As a politics & international affairs major, you will hone the writing, communications, analytical and computer skills that are critical to a liberal arts education. The courses offered in the politics & international affairs department will prepare you to think critically and independently, with tolerance for others and concern for current affairs.

Majoring in politics & international affairs can qualify you for many different careers in private for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as public sector organizations. Students often pursue careers in business; law; consulting; state, local, and federal government; journalism and communications; international organization; finance; polling and campaign management; community service and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and pre-college and college teaching.

Political science training also provides valuable preparation for participating in community organizations, electoral politics, movements on behalf of specific policies, and for seeking elective or administrative positions in government. While many of these are voluntary activities, participation in them develops skills and creates opportunities for career success.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: skillful at speaking, reading, and writing; ability to effectively communicate ideas; able to associate with people with differing beliefs; skilled at developing personal thoughts/theories; ability to assess crises and problem solve; awareness of community needs; quantitative literacy (ability to calculate, interpret and present statistical data using statistical software programs); and propensity to be a leader.

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Politics and International Affairs
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Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Politics & International Affairs majors include:

Account Executive
Attorney
Campaign Coordinator
Chief Financial Officer
CIA /FBI Agent
City/Urban Planner
Commercial Real Estate Agent
Congressional Aide
Conservationist
Consultant
Credit Manager
Debate Coach
Detention Officer
Diplomat
Educator
Financial Advisor
Foreign Service Officer
Human Resources Specialist
Insurance Agent
Judicial Clerk
Labor Relations Specialist
Legal Assistant
Legislative Assistant
Legislative Correspondent
Lobbyist
Marketing Coordinator
Litigation Clerk
Paralegal Investigator
Peace Corp Volunteer
Policy Analyst
Political Analyst
Probation/Parole Officer
Public Relations Specialist
Public Service Worker
Senator
Technical Analyst

Psychology

Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior. Those in the field of psychology seek to understand the mental processes, personality, emotion, perception, development, thoughts, motives, social behavior, and the biological bases of behavior, thoughts, and emotions. Students studying psychology also learn about the experimental methods necessary to acquire this knowledge.

A major in psychology provides students with a strong foundation of theory and research across various areas of psychology; along with the methodological, laboratory, and statistical skills needed to understand and contribute to psychological research. In addition, directed study and honors program opportunities allow students to work directly with faculty members on research.

Many psychology majors go directly into graduate work in psychology or related areas such as counseling or social work.  Others go into professional schools such as law, business, medicine, or ministry.

Other majors enter the job market with the B.A. degree in areas such as social service (juvenile court, social security administration, hospitals, children’s homes, etc.), government agencies (CIA, National Institute of Mental Health, etc.), industry (personnel work, market research, etc.), education, student services, human resources, and a variety of other jobs.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Able to gather, interpret and explain scientific research; Decision making; Propensity to assist others; Awareness of how people think, solve problems, and process information; Perform statistical analyses; Design and conduct research projects; Write proposals and reports; Understanding of human learning and memory; and work productively as a member of a team.

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Psychology
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WFU Department of Psychology

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Psychology majors include:

Admissions Counselor
Art/Music Therapist
Case Manager
Clinical Assistant
Counselor
Customer Service Manager
Employment Recruiter
Hospice Coordinator
Human Resources Specialist
Media Buyer/Planner
Mental Health Assistant
Occupational Therapy
Peace Corps Volunteer
Physician
Psychologist
Public Relations Specialist
Recreation Specialist
Social Worker
Volunteer Coordinator

Religion

The study of religion is a way of organizing academic inquiry into how human beings and human cultures express and experience their religious needs, beliefs and values. It involves the study of both specific religious traditions and the general nature of religion as a phenomenon of human life. Using interdisciplinary approaches, religious studies investigates and interprets systems of religious belief, the history of religious traditions, the function of religion in society, and forms of religious expression such as ritual, symbols, myths, scripture, and theology. Students of religion, whether adherents of a religion or of no religion, gain tools to understand, compare and engage the phenomenon of religion and its role in human life and culture.

Because religions and the religious deal with questions of meaning and orientation, religious studies provides a place for students to explore in a disciplined fashion the ways in which humans have struggled to make sense of themselves and their world. To study religion is to study responses, both behavioral and intellectual, to some of the great questions of human life, including origins, death, suffering, hope, love and the nature of the self. Religion is not a narrow, isolated segment of individual and social life. Rather, it is a constellation of beliefs, values, practices and behaviors that deeply inform personal and public life. When you study religion, you are not studying just a set of official dogmas or rituals that are isolated from real life. You are studying what motivates and influences most people in our world. As a result, the study of religion requires a variety of disciplinary approaches, bringing together perspectives and approaches from history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, literature, theology and social theory to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the persons and communities that constitute religious traditions. Thus, the interdisciplinary character of religious studies can provide an unusually integrative matrix for the student’s undergraduate experience.

Majors will have enhanced understanding of cultural diversity and the complexity of diverse world views. International and historical perspectives will in turn provide the wider context for students’ understanding of their own culture, as well as provide preparation for careers in international relations, development, and commerce. Religion majors do the same things other humanities majors do. Majoring in Religion is not, for most students, a route to a religious career, any more than majoring in English leads to being a novelist, poet, or literary critic. Majors have gone on to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields, including Education, Law, Social Work, Medicine (many medical schools actually prefer that their applicants major in humanistic fields), Business/Finance, Ministry, and Graduate School.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Cross cultural communication; Critical empathy and tolerance; Understanding of cultural diversity and the way diverse world views inform human behavior and motivations; Ability to think critically and analytically; Research and organizational skills; Written and oral expression of ideas; Time management skills; Critical appreciation and understanding of the interdependent nature of human activity in fields as diverse as religion, politics, economics, sociology, psychology, and the arts; Reflectivity; Flexibility; Adaptability; Analysis and Synthesis of Ideas; and leadership.

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WFU Department of Religion

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Religion majors include:

Non-Profit Work
Community Development
Counseling
Business
Computer Science
International Relations and Development
Law
Medicine and Health Professions
Ministry
Publishing
Social Service
Teaching (high school and higher education)

Sociology

Sociologists research industrial and post-industrial societies, their social structure, collective beliefs, and institutional patterns.  They seek to scientifically explain the effects of social class, race, gender, and power on the opportunities, cultural activities, moral beliefs, democratic capacities, and health of individuals and families.  Sociologists use particular theoretical tools (such as social capital) and rigorous rules of empirical evidence (statistical, historical, and ethnographic) to contribute scholarly articles and books. At Wake Forest sociology faculty research and publish on, among other topics, family violence, racial disparities, the wine industry, cultural capital and higher education, litigation in the health care industry, public health, labor relations and religion.  The department houses the nationally renowned Reynolda Gerontology Program, a center for studies on later-life migration patterns, and The Sociology of Religion, a quarterly review journal.

The sociology program at Wake Forest is particularly strong in the subject areas of stratification, race, gender, gerontology, economic organization, education, religion, culture, research methods and theory.  Copies of the Handbook for Sociology Students, which specify requirements for majors, may be obtained from the departmental office.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Knowledge of social facts; Understanding of the logic of social research; Appreciation of social science as a collective and public minded vocation; Knowledge of statistics including regression analysis; Familiarity with ethnographic and historical research; Familiarity with organizational and institutional dynamics; Knowledge of racial, gender, and class disparities; Knowledge of the history of social theory; Analytic and critical cognitive skills; Extensive verbal and written communication skills; and capacity to conduct and report original research.

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Sociology
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WFU Department of Sociology

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Sociology majors include:

Adoption Agency Case Worker
Attorney
Case Manager
Clinical Assistant
Consultant
Counselor
Criminologist
Employment Recruiter
Hospice Coordinator
Human Resources Specialist
Lobbyist
Mental Health Assistant
Peace Corps Volunteer
Physician
Prevention Educator
Probation Officer
Psychologist
Public Relations Specialist
Recreation Specialist
Residential Counselor
Social Worker
Volunteer Coordinator

Studio Art

The study of art history and studio art provides a historical, cultural, and social context for the comprehension, evaluation, and creation of visual art. Studying art fosters critical thinking, visual literacy, and an understanding of the complex potential of visual communication and culture.

The Department of Art offers small class sizes, one-on-one instruction, careful mentoring, interdisciplinary flexibility and a strong commitment to the liberal arts. Studying art at Wake Forest can prepare you for a career that combines the study of art with a wide variety of other interests. Art History offers courses in periods ranging from ancient to contemporary, including course topics such as the History of Architecture, History of Film, History of Photography, and Visual Theory. Studio Art offers courses and concentrations in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and digital art. Course topics include public art, life drawing, and videography.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Ability to analyze works of art; Research skills as demonstrated in papers and exams; Visual analysis; Analytical skills; Communication skills; Time management skills; Problem solving skills; and passion for the visual arts.

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Studio Art
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Interesting Careers

Many careers require the kind of careful observational and analytical skills integral to art practice and study. Students go on to Studio MFA programs and Masters and PhD programs in Art History as well as careers in medicine, entrepreneurship, law, business, etc. Through study in art you may also go on to become an:

Art Educator K-12
Art Historian
Artist
Professor
Museum Educator
Visual Resources Librarian
Architect
Graphic Designer
Fashion Designer
Interior Designer
Art Therapist
Medical Illustrator
Preparator
Conservator
Curator
Registrar
Exhibition Design
Graphic Design
Marketing
Advancement
Advertising Professional
Art Writer
Art Advisor
Art Dealer
Auction House Specialist
Marketing Professional

Additional Opportunities in Art at Wake Forest

  • Exhibit work at START Gallery in Reynolda Village, Hanes Art Gallery, or downtown Winston Salem venues.
  • Curate exhibitions, exhibit and sell your work, and gain experience in a professional gallery setting at
    START: WFU Student Art Gallery.
  • Seek internships in museums and cultural organizations. WFU credit for internships is available through the Art Department’s internship coordinator, Harry Titus. For volunteer internships inquire through Career Services or the Art Department.
  • The Management in the Visual Arts course offers business and art students the opportunity to travel to New York City for an exceptional and privileged look into the inner workings of the “Art World”.
  • Every four years a select group of students travel to NYC to purchase contemporary art for the Student Union Collection.
  • The Art Department’s Annual Overnight Trip to
    Washington DC is an immersive art experience.
  • Honors in Studio Art offers an intense studio and solo exhibition.
  • Honors in Art History offers the opportunity to develop an original research project and thesis.
  • Volunteer with our visiting artists and lecturers.
  • Volunteer with LINK IN, a program that aims to connect past, present, and future Wake Forest art students to strengthen sense of community, foster new learning opportunities, further career opportunities for students and alumni, and support the growth of the arts and overall strength of Wake Forest.
  • Work-study opportunities are available with faculty, the Visual Resources Library, and the changing art exhibitions in the Hanes Gallery.
  • Assist faculty with research.
  • Collaborate with Public Art Projects.
  • Know the exhibitions and opportunities available at local museums, galleries, and art centers.
  • Study abroad in Wake Forest residential study centers

Theatre

The career track in all of the arts is pretty simple. Either you make a living at your art, or you don’t. If you do, then you do in a small way or a big way. Your ability to practice, your networking skills, and the talent you demonstrate all play a role in whether or not you succeed. Perseverance also plays a role in your success. As Marlon Brando put it, “The key to succeeding in Hollywood is to stick around.”

Wake Forest theatre majors have gone on to successful careers both in and outside of theatre. With the broad liberal arts education all students receive at Wake Forest, graduates emerge as strong critical thinkers, prepared to face life’s many challenges. Through discipline, performers, directors, designers, and stage managers learn clear self-expression and therefore grow in their ability to communicate well with others orally, visually, and in writing. They also learn about themselves and develop self confidence, organizational and analytical skills, and creative approaches to problem solving. Wake Forest theatre majors have become actors, directors, stage managers, designers, theatre artistic directors, professors, cabaret singers, playwrights, and members of comedy troupes. Others have made careers outside of the arts and enjoy participating in community theatre. Many graduates also serve on boards for civic arts organizations.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Creativity; Expressive ability; Keen observation of human traits and characteristics; Conceptual ability; Exposure to drama of various historical time periods ; Ability to work independently and with others; Quick thinking; Ability to relate to abstract ideas; Oral communication skills; Creative problem solving and interpretation; and memorization skills.

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Theatre
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WFU Department of Theatre and Dance

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Theatre majors include:

Actor/Actress
Advertising Specialist
Artist Agent
Box Office Manager
Casting Agent
Clown
Costume Designer
Director
Educator
Filmmaker
Hair/Make-up Artist
Marketing Director
Mascot
Production Assistant
Public Relations Specialist
Salesperson
Set, Lighting, or Prop Designer
Special Effects Manager
Stage Manager
Technical Director

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) program at Wake Forest is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to examine and question cultural, biological, political, and social constructions of femininity and masculinity. WGS students learn theoretical approaches about feminism, masculinity, gender, sex, and sexuality in local, national and global contexts.  Through their coursework WGS students have extensive opportunities to hone their analytical, communication, and research skills.

In addition to curricular pursuits, WGS faculty, staff and students have a rich history of engagement in the intellectual, social, and extracurricular life of the Wake Forest campus and of the broader community.  The WGS department offers students internship opportunities, promotes service learning and activism on behalf of women’s and gay/lesbian rights, and strives for a non-gender-biased, open-minded society.

Developing Skills

Skills developed within this major include: Writing; Project planning; Interviewing; Gathering  and organizing data; Understanding of diversity; Communication; Attention to detail; and Ability to summarize information.

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WFU Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Interesting Careers

Careers that often interest Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors include:

Attorney
Community Center/Nonprofit Manager
Counselor
Diversity Trainer
Editor
Employer Trainer
Human Relations Specialist
Human Rights Advocate
Journalist
Labor Relations Advisor
Lobbyist
Policy Advocate
Professor
Public Health Service Officer
Public Relations Professional
Social Worker