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History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Barbara Bonnekessen

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Contact Person:
Nancy Grantham

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Phone: 620-235-4325
Fax: 620-235-4338

Address:
Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
412 Russ Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

It is never too early to consider what you are going to do upon graduation.  Here is some advice, remember many liberal arts graduates end up in management because they can read, think, write, and deal with people. Remember: Preparing for and securing a job is the student's responsibility.   

  • Talk to your advisor 
  • Start thinking about graduation when you arrive - education is an investment in the future 
  • Take advantage of university "Career Days" to explore positions 
  • Spend some time at the university's Career Services Office (Horace Mann  203) and website 
  • If you know people in the field, ask them what they are and will be looking for when hiring 
  • Use the internet, take a look at the sites below and those directly related to your major
  • Look to the future, discover what kind of preparation will give you a chance to be hired when you graduate - what classes can you take, what will you need to succeed even beyond your major


What is Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors

From Georgetown University, economic information for students interested in a college degree.  If you are interested in Geography, History, Justice Studies (Criminal Justice), Philosophy, Political Science (including international relations, law and public policy), Social Work, and Sociology ( including Criminology and Diversity), please take the time to look at the value of such degrees, according to the Georgetown study that looks at:

  • Earnings by Major
  • Popularity of Major
  • Percent Earning Graduate Degree
  • Gender and Ethnicity of Majors
  • Employment by Industry Type

 Website:   http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/whatsitworth-complete.pdf

 

Social Work Career and Vocational Websites

Social Work License MapLicense Information, Careers, and Salaries By State.  A very useful site developed by the University of Southern California's School of Social Work providing license requirements and other information for most states.    http://socialworklicensemap.com

Social Work Job Bank         http://www.socialworkjobbank.com/site/

Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board - Kansas social workers are licensed by the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Students may apply for licensure during their practicum semester. Here is a link to the BSRB site: http://www.ksbsrb.org/socialworkers.htm

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - NASW is the professional organization for social workers. Students may join at a reduced rate, and students purchase liability insurance through NASW during their practicum semester. http://www.socialworkers.org/
To apply for membership click here: http://www.socialworkers.org/joinBenefits/student.asp

General Career and Vocational Websites

 PSU Career Counseling Center

            http://www.pittstate.edu/office/careers/career-counseling/

 State Employee Search Websites

            https://www.kansasworks.com/ada/

            https://www.missouricareersource.com

            https://www.arjoblink.arkansas.gov

            https://servicelink.oesc.state.ok.us

 Federal Job Site

            http://www.usajobs.gov/ 

 You can get a wealth of information from http://www.bls.gov/oco such as:

            The Occupational Handbook that tells you:                     
                        Training and Education Needed
                        Earnings
                        Expected Job Prospects
                        What Workers Do on the Job
                        Working Conditions

           Data from the Occupational Employment Statistics http://www.bls.gov/oes gives you
                        Wage and Employment Estimates for Over 800 Occupation
                        Data broken down from national to state to local areas

 Other Sites to Explore Career Possibilities

            http://www.Careerbuilder.com

            http://www.Monster.com

            http://www.collegeboard.com/csearch/majors_careers

            http://www.actstudent.org/wwm/index.html