Success After Graduation

Is it journalism? Art? Philosophy? History? No matter your passion, the School of Humanities, Arts and Education’s exciting classes and experiential learning opportunities set you up to land your dream job when you graduate.

RWU Equips You for a Great Career

graphic representing SHAE graduates leverage the skills they learn in jobs in more than 10 different industries. An RWU degree provides the in-demand skills and competencies that employers seek.
Passionate About Their Work

SHAE graduates leverage the skills they learn in jobs in more than 10 different industries. An RWU degree provides the in-demand skills and competencies that employers seek.

graphic representing Teaching the Next Generation: All 2019 Elementary Education graduates that are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.
Teaching the Next Generation

All 2019 Elementary Education graduates are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

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Hands-On Experience

Percentage of SHAE graduates who participated in two or more hands-on learning experiences during their studies at RWU.

Alumni Stories of Success

Across all our programs, alumni find success in graduate programs and their fields.

image of RWU alum Natalie Almeida, Communications Coordinator, Latino Policy Institute at RWU

"I'm extremely happy in this position. I’m using what I learned and the experiences I had at Roger every day."

NATALIE ALMEIDA '19, Communications Coordinator, Latino Policy Institute, Roger Williams University
Major: Journalism
Minor: Spanish
More: Journalism Opens Up Unexpected Opportunities

image of RWU alum Francesco DeLuca, Associate Attorney, Ogletree Deakins, Boston, MA

"Approaching every problem with a critical eye and identifying all the potential solutions is something that I learned through my studies at RWU and is something that helps me on a daily basis in my career."


FRANCESCO DeLUCA '11, Associate Attorney, Ogletree Deakins, Boston, MA
Major: Political Science and Philosophy
More: Attorney Applies Philosophy Teachings to Law Practice

image of RWU Alum Courtney Dell'Agnese '18

“We crafted technical essays as well as creative pieces. Having that education helps me find a balance when writing for clients. Working so closely with my professors, I was able to build the skills and confidence I use now.”

COURTNEY DELL’AGNESE ’18, Marketing Coordinator, VUP Media, Greeneville, RI
Major: Creative Writing
Minors: Educational Studies and Arts Management
More: Creating Characters is Not Just for Fiction

Real-World Experience Sets Up Success

image of RWU alum Carolyn Westgate, Sixth Grade ELA and Social Studies Teacher, New Bedford, Mass.

"We had a lot of classes focused on diversity and inclusion that prepared me for teaching in an urban school. I still have the support from the faculty there, and I actually called one of my professors this weekend to help me with a challenge I’m having in the classroom."

CAROLYN WESTGATE ’19, Sixth Grade ELA and Social Studies Teacher, Roosevelt Middle School, New Bedford, Mass.
Majors: Secondary Education and History

image of RWU Alum Nicole Baur '15

“I love seeing the people I work with get to a point where they actually feel safe and comfortable. I am fulfilled when I help people find their voices.”

NICOLE BAUR ’15, Social Worker, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, Massachusetts
Majors: American Studies and Psychology
More: Learning Diverse Perspectives Leads to Career in Mental Health Counseling

image of RWU alum Mikaela Feroli, PhD Candidate in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky

"Learning more intimately and critically about the injustices in the world through American Studies and History courses propelled me to want to continue learning and educate others. I determined what I wanted to do next because of various mentors I had at RWU."

MIKAELA FEROLI ’14, PhD Candidate in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky
Major: American Studies
Minors: History and Modern Languages
More: American Studies Alum Researches Experiences of Transgender Parents in PhD Dissertation

'Providing Quality Dance Education is Fulfilling'

image of RWU alum Christina Robson, Modern Dancer, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, New York, NY

"The dance/performance program will change your life. Dancing at Roger Williams feels like a conservatory experience."

CHRISTINA ROBSON '09, Modern Dancer, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, New York, N.Y.
Major: Dance/Performance
Minor: Visual Arts
More: The Modern Dancer to Watch

image of RWU alumna Addison Powers

“I found exactly what I wanted and couldn’t be happier.”

ADDISON POWERS ’17, Technical Director, Fredericksburg Theatre Company, Fredericksburg, Texas
Major: Theatre
Minor: Arts Management
More: Working - hard - since graduation, theatre alum lands 'dream job'

‘Taken seriously by the art world’

 

image of RWU Alum Gabby Dougherty, PR account coordinator at Elevate Communications

“In my senior year my PR professor took myself and a group of 15 students to California. We toured all sorts of PR agencies. It was so much fun to get to know everyone in my program really well and also get a glimpse into all the different aspects of the PR world.”

GABBY DOUGHERTY ’18, Account Coordinator at Elevate Communications, Boston, MA
Major: Public Relations
More: PR for Red Sox, Patriots and Beyond

Experience for Today's Journalism Jobs - and Tomorrow's

image of RWU alum Stephanie Ressler, associate producer, The Maury Show

"My experience with RWU Journalism helped me become a well-rounded multimedia journalist. This has helped me become better equipped to do my job, which ultimately helped me move up so quickly. I owe so much of my success to my experience at RWU, I will forever be grateful."

STEPHANIE RESSLER '16, Associate Producer, NBC’s The Maury Show, New York, N.Y.
Major: Journalism
More: From Journalism Major to Talk Show Producer

image of  RWU ALum Jordan Phelan

"What sets the RWU journalism program apart is having dedicated professors who really care about you and your future.”

JORDAN PHELAN ’19, Managing Editor, Eagle Times Newspaper, Claremont, NH
Major: Journalism
More: Experience, mentorship at RWU gave him confidence to step into management role

 

Experiential Learning: Turning Passion into Careers

As a student in SHAE, you will find opportunities to gain professional experience in every program, while also giving back to the community.

Check out more exciting experiential projects:

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Journalism major Brett Johnson `19 films midterm election coverage as part of the HawkTheVote Election Media Lab. 
  • Student journalists participate in the HawkTheVote Election Media Lab, which won the Mark of Excellence award for best online reporting, producing political news coverage with professional equipment.
     
  • In a graphic design course, students get real world experience and give back, by designing a website for a Teen Recovery Center.
     
  • All education majors have multiple opportunities for real classroom teaching experience. Along with her local teaching placement, Carolyn Westgate `19 virtually taught high school students in England, through her Hassenfeld Student Leadership Fellowship
     
  • Creative Writing faculty bring an array of publishing experience to their classrooms, providing multiple opportunities for students to learn both sides of the publishing desk.
     
  • SHAE professors are creators who bring their work experience to the classroom and connect their students with professionals in the field. Take composer and Associate Professor of Music Composition, Theory and Technology Elliott Miles McKinley, whose CD release afforded students the opportunity to learn from established musicians, both local and abroad.
     
  • History courses use modern technology and innovative activities to bring the past to life. In one course, students create social media accounts for historical figures. In another, students reenact the 1637 Trial of Anne Hutchinson.
     
  • Elementary education majors can set themselves apart with a certification in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM.) These students don’t just learn how to teach STEAM, they actually teach it, creating activity bins and implementing lesson plans in local elementary schools.