Practicums & Careers

Graduate study in the humanities disciplines – literature, history, writing, philosophy, art history, and more – helps to develop individuals with a sense of context and civic-mindedness who have a variety of marketable, wide-ranging skills:

  • close reading
  • analysis
  • argument
  • critical thinking
  • research
  • written and oral communication
  • independent learning

Study in the humanities also enables you to think through others’ perspectives to thereby acquire a renewed and engaged sense of self.

Program Completion

If your goal is professional enhancement and/or career change, you are encouraged to complete an internship practicum. The Washington area provides a wealth of opportunities for challenging practicums in government organizations, museums, schools, international agencies, and research institutions.

If you plan to pursue a doctoral program, you are encouraged to complete a thesis, which requires an oral defense. The thesis project – a substantial critical intervention in written form – offers you an opportunity to hone your writing and research skills, your time management and organizational skills, and your knowledge of a subject of personal interest to you.

After Marymount

What can you do with an English & Humanities degree from Marymount? A wide range of things! Our graduates are working as  writers, marketing managers, instructional designers, editors, content developers, teachers at the high school and college level, educational administrators, and in many other diverse careers in industry, the government, and the non-profit sector. This program can also prepare you for further advanced study and entry into a competitive doctoral program.

Check out our Alumni Spotlight page for stories about our alumni’s post-Marymount successes.