Fields of Study and Career Paths

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) blends innovation and academic tradition to form the foundation for pioneering graduate programs at Simmons. The CAS graduate programs in the liberal arts and typical career paths are outlined here:

Children's Literature

The Center for the Study of Children's Literature (CSCL) graduate degree programs include a Master of Arts in Children's Literature and Master in Fine Arts in Writing for Children, plus additional interdisciplinary, dual-degree programs, providing opportunities for further specialization. The CSCL provides a rigorous, disciplined study of children's books for those who are - or who intend to be - involved in teaching, library services, publishing, writing, or related fields. For more information on the program and the various degree options, visit the Children's Literature section of the CAS website.


The Simmons Master of Arts in English provides a strong foundation in English and American literature and in literary theory and analysis. Graduates are well prepared for teaching, writing, doctoral programs, and other literary pursuits. The dual-degree program options include a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). MAT/Liberal Arts graduates are well positioned for leadership roles as department heads, lead teachers, or curriculum coordinators. For more information on the program, visit the English section of the CAS website.

Gender/Cultural Studies

The Gender/Cultural Studies (GCS) program examines constructions of gender, race, class, and nation in the US and international contexts. Dual-degree program options include a Master in Arts in Gender/Cultural Studies (MA) plus a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Students work simultaneously toward both degrees and, upon successful completion of the program, are certified as elementary, middle, or high school teachers. Graduates are well positioned for leadership roles as department heads, lead teachers, or curriculum coordinators. Another option combines the Gender/Cultural Studies program with the Simmons Master's in Communications Management (MCM). The GCS/MCM program teaches applied skills in the areas of communications technologies, business finance, organizational leadership, and cross-cultural communication. For more information on these programs, visit the Gender/Cultural Studies section of the CAS website.


The History program at Simmons emphasizes the study of history as a multi-faceted field that is ever changing, constantly developing new questions about the past, and exploring innovative approaches to answering those questions. Students are preparing for careers in education, research, archives management, librarianship, curatorship, and various other forms of public history. The dual-degree program options include a Master in Arts in History and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science or a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). For more information on these programs, visit the History section of the CAS website.

Job Outlook

As noted in the preceding, graduates of CAS go into many different fields and pursue a range of different occupations. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in these fields is expected to grow at least as fast as the average for the overall job market, and in some cases faster than average, over the next ten years. Learn more by visiting the following pages in the OOH online:

Career Services for Graduate Arts & Sciences Students

The CEC takes its commitment to students seriously, honoring the Simmons promise to put you first. The CEC is here to help CAS graduate students assess your skills and interests and explore your professional options and provides a full range of services to assist you in doing so.

Among these services, the CEC provides tailored career coaching to help you launch your career. Your career coach will help you clarify your career goals and help with developing the skills and strategies to attain them upon graduation from your CAS program. In preparation for your job search, we will assist you with analyzing, articulating and packaging your academic and work experience to effectively market yourself to employers. In addition, you will receive support in planning and implementing your job search strategy to make informed, effective decisions for your next step as well as future career transitions.

You can make an appointment with a career coach for a one-on-one meeting (see "Contact Us" below).

Career Programs and Events

In addition to individual career coaching and the other services outlined above, the CEC provides both on- and off-campus recruiting events and career fairs during the academic year. In addition, the CEC offers skill-building workshops on a range of career development topics such as "Getting Started on LinkedIn," "Professional Networking 2.0," and many more. Check out the CEC Events Calendar for the latest workshops and recruiting events.

Career Resources

CAS Career Resources
Library Resources
CEC Career Toolkit
  • CEC Career Toolkit - visit the Career Toolkit for in-depth information across all the developmental career steps, including self-assessment, career exploration, resumes and cover letters, networking, interviewing, and managing your job search
  • Alumnet - register for the Simmons online alumnae/i network
  • LinkedIn - create your own account on the leading site for professional networking. Once registered you can join the Simmons LinkedIn Group
Resumes and Cover Letters

From CEC Guides and How-To's:

Job Search and Postings
  • CareerLink - Simmons' online job board, with approximately 1,000 active listings and 50 new listings each week
Additional Resources
  • CareerSpots videos - check out this excellent series of 1-4 min. long videos on a range of career topics

Contact Us

To make an appointment with a CEC career coach, contact us as follows:

Phone: 617-521-2488

The CEC also conducts Weekly Drop-In Hours. Stop by for a 15 minute drop-in session with a career coach if you have a brief question or need your resume and cover letter reviewed.

Drop in Hours:

When: Mondays and Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Career Education Center, Suite M107-M112, 1st Floor, SOM/Academic Building

Career Toolkit for Graduate Students

The purpose of the Career Toolkit is to assist you in your career planning. Whether you are unsure of your career direction or need help with your job search, you will find the resources you need to begin your preparation.

Find a Job or Internship

Check out CareerLink for full-time jobs and internships, CA$H for on-campus jobs, and the other job boards and resources we've compiled. 

Meet with a Career Coach

Wondering where to start? Let us help. Drop by Monday or Tuesday from 3:00-4:30 or Wednesday or Thursday from 1:30-3:00; or, make an appointment at a time convenient to you.

Next Career Event

School of Social Work Career Fair

Mar 3, 2015 at 3 PM - 6 PM at Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, MCB Third Floor

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