Experiential Opportunities While a Student
Regardless of their major, students in the Arts and Sciences have a great many opportunities to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Students have the chance to study abroad or in Washington, DC, to participate in internships that have been arranged through their departments with local businesses, to take courses that specialize in service-learning opportunities, and to participate in undergraduate research in the natural and social sciences. While some of these opportunities take place during the semester, many departments also help students locate internships and research fellowships during the summer months. Overall, these experiences help students gain work experience and develop a resume, establish valuable contacts in the industries they would like to enter, and better understand the connections between what they have been studying and how their courses are preparing them for a career after graduation.
Careers That Grads Pursue
Because of the content knowledge and skill set that they develop through their experience in the Arts and Sciences, our students are prepared to begin exciting careers in business, law, education, medicine, and the public sector. Our graduates locate positions in marketing, sales, scientific research and analysis, advertising and public relations, the sporting industry, social work, media relations, corporate communications, government, and many other fields. In addition, many of our graduates enter graduate programs in law, business, medicine, clinical psychology, literature, history, and other disciplines.
Peter Stoller '05
Communications Director for Greater Rochester Association of Realtors
I based my decision to go to Fisher because of its location, its size, and my desire to play on its football team. I spent my first two years taking classes that would fulfill my core requirements while providing me previews into different disciplines. I decided to double major in Political Science and American Studies. The Political Science courses that taught me about the structure and function of government were nice, but it was in the American Studies courses that I learned more about the people that make government decisions and why they make them.
Today I am the Director of Communications and Government Affairs for the Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS®. My role is to coordinate the internal communications for our 2,800+ members. I also serve as the primary lobbyist for the organization, interacting with elected officials on the local, state and federal levels advocating for the preservation and protection of private property rights along with ensuring the business rights of real estate professionals.
My degree in American Studies at St. John Fisher has allowed me to excel in my career at a young age. My background in American Studies curriculum helps me to evaluate our membership and to determine what message to send and how to send it to assure that it reaches our targeted audience. American Studies also taught me how to establish a position on a particular issue and convey a consistent message while addressing alternative perspectives.