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 90 percent of 2020 SHAE grads finding success in employment or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation.
Placement 2020 Grads

Our 2020 SHAE graduates found success in employment or graduate school within 6 months after graduation.

graphic representing 83 percent of SHAE graduates who participated in two or more hands-on learning experiences during their studies at RWU.
Hands-On Experience

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

graphic representing SHAE graduates working in more than 10 different industries
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.

Secure Your Spot at SHAE

Accepted Students, have you made your decision? Reserve your spot for Fall 2021.


Alumni Stories of Success

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

Headshot of Aidan Curran"A professor who I had at Roger Williams has a pretty close relationship with the company I am working at, so he was able to set me up with an internship as my capstone for the Music major. It’s certainly the industry I always wanted to be in."

AIDAN CURRAN '20, Publicity Assistant, PARMA Recordings, North Hampton, N.H.
Majors: Music and Philosophy

Image of Emily Bartnicki dancing“I knew I wanted to explore both Dance and Political Science before making a career decision. This is a unique school where I was able to create my own college experience rather than following one set academic criteria.”

EMILY BARTNICKI '20, Paralegal at COMSOL, INC and Dancer at Project31, Boston, Mass. 
Majors: Dance/Performance and Political Science

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 Executive, Elevate Communications, Boston, Mass.
Major: Public Relations
More: PR for Red Sox, Patriots and Beyond

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, Mass.
Majors: Political Science and Philosophy
More: Attorney Applies Philosophy Teachings to Law Practice

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. I actually called one of my professors this weekend for help with a challenge in the classroom."

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

Headshot of Tyler Roberts"My classes had a large emphasis on multicultural education and teaching diverse learners. If I had not known how essential that was, I would have had a more difficult transitioning into teaching and getting more comfortable with my students."

TYLER ROBERTS '20, Physical Science/Chemistry Teacher,
Mt. Hope High School in Bristol, R.I. 
Majors: Secondary Education and Biology

Headshot of Olivia Smith“There were such a variety of perspectives, talents, and admiration for the field of Education in every class I took. It really helped expand my horizons and show me what I could possibly do with my career.” 

OLIVIA SMITH '19, M.A. Urban Education Policy, Brown University, Providence, R.I.
Major: Educational Studies

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 my 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 (now Cultural Studies)
Minors: History and Modern Languages
More: RWU 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, Production Manager, Fredericksburg Theatre Company, Fredericksburg, Texas.
Major: Theatre
Minor: Arts Management
More: Theatre alum lands 'dream job' 

‘Taken seriously by the art world’

Mackenzie Colnick“A creative background is really important at a company like Reddit because it is so woven into everything you do. I was happy that the hiring team was so open about my art degree being so useful for my position.”

MACKENZIE COLNICK ’16, Account Manager at Reddit, New York, N.Y.
Major: Visual Arts

Secure Your Spot at SHAE

Accepted Students, have you made your decision? Reserve your spot for Fall 2021.


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

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, Providence, R.I.
Major: Journalism
Minor: Spanish
More: Journalism Opens Up Unexpected Opportunities

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, N.H.
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:

Student looking through video camera.
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.
Secure Your Spot at SHAE

Accepted Students, have you made your decision? Reserve your spot for Fall 2021.