What can I do with a Humanities degree?

This is a question you will face many times from family and friends. And of course you ask yourself the same question as you think about trying to get a job someday. Here is some encouragement that studying in the Humanities has real value when it comes to finding meaningful work:



I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as the new Academic Advisor for the Humanities Department. My background is in American literature, with a particular focus on the American West. I also have both professional and volunteer experience as a writer for various non-profit organizations.
Mentoring students is something I really enjoy, and I am looking forward to meeting with you to help you make the most of your time at Michigan Tech.
Meeting regularly with an advisor is a great way to stay on track with your degree requirements. I can also be a good resource as you look for opportunities to apply what you are learning in situations outside the classroom, whether that be internships, study abroad, or involvement with campus organizations and activities.
If you have advising questions, I am available by appointment or email over the summer. I will also have regular office hours set up for Fall semester.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of help to you.
Dr. Maria Bergstrom

I am struggling in a class, what should I do?

You should talk to the professor, and make an appointment with your advisor. For some courses, you can visit the various learning centers on campus to get extra help. The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success offers Academic Success Coaches and other resources. Academic difficulty is a serious problem, but not an uncommon one. Here are some policies (withdraw dates, refunds, etc.) regarding dropping classes or withdrawing from the university. It’s a good idea to contact your advisor before making changes to your registration.

A class I need is at capacity, what should I do?

Don’t despair–it is often the case that seating fluctuates even after the semester begins. But here are some steps you can take now:

You should register for another class that you want to take (this is your Plan B). If you aren’t sure which course to take, consult with your advisor.

Keep your eye on the seating availability so that if a seat becomes available you can add into that class, and drop the Plan B class.

Finally, if the semester begins and you still have not been able to add the class you really want to take, attend that class and speak to the instructor. It’s possible, though not guaranteed, that you’ll be added into the class.

And, if all of the above fails, take your Plan B class and wait for another opportunity to take the Plan A class!

Can you explain co-ops and internships?

The Humanities department internship program offers opportunities for you to gain work experience and get HU credit at the same time. You can also find opportunities for internships and co-ops at the Career Services website (some that allow you to register for credit, some that are paid work experiences). It’s a good idea to schedule a meeting with your advisor to discuss how a co-op or internship will affect your academic plans.

Can I finish this degree in four years?

In most cases, the answer is yes. Most Humanities degrees require 128 academic credits. You will need to average 16 cr per semester to graduate in four years.  Several factors can affect your time to degree, including adding a minor or certificate, doing an internship, studying abroad, taking summer classes or carrying a heavier load some semesters. Working closely with your academic advisor will help you be efficient in planning your coursework for the degree.