Physics: A Major

October 17, 2007

Exactly what is a Physics Major?

Once again the course catalog has a wonderful description of this major: “[Physics] investigates the properties, changes, and interactions of matter and energy. The study of physics does not involve following a recipe; rather, it entails developing an attitude or way of looking at phenomena and asking questions.” This is a great degree for anyone who loves science and solving problems. You learn to ask the right questions to determine the different phenomena around the world. Why is the sky blue? Why does the Earth travel around the sun? And other phenom

But where can you go with this degree? Anywhere! Over the next month we will be delving into the different aspects of the Physics degree and how you can utilize it. You will have the opportunity to learn more from alumni who chose this major. Other features will include loads of links to aid you in discovering the different possibilities. So take a moment and come discover the different quarks of the Physics degree.

Visit the Department of Physics and Astronomy website for lots of great information. The Alfred P Sloan Foundation has provided a great overview of the field of physics, click here for a pdf summarizes different opportunities.


Now What to Do with a Physics Degree

There are a lot of options for the physics major but you do have one choice to make first: do you want to work or do you want to go to graduate school? This decision will help you decide what you want to do later on in life. If your dream career is working at NASA then I do suggest going to graduate school. A lot of different career fields in the sciences require a higher degree beyond the bachelors.

While it is a little difficult to pinpoint actual job titles I can give you a taste of the different types of employers you can look forward to with a degree in physics.

o Colleges and universities

o Meteorological organizations

o Commercial industry

o National Aeronautics and Space Administration

o Research

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Resources for the Arts Management Major

September 19, 2007

One of the biggest resources a student in any discipline can have is their professors.  These are the people who have studied in certain areas to a great extent and have numerous contacts and resources in the field.  Please contact them for more in-depth information.

In the Career Center we have several print resources that have great information about possible career fields for the art major by Blythe Camenson.

  • Careers in Art
  • Great Jobs for Art Majors
  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors

There are hundreds of others books that may also peak your interest.  Remember a major does not equal a career so even if you have that Arts Management degree you are not necessarily pointed at the art industry as seen in our alumni Arts Management majors.

The Internet is another great resource to use when trying to find more information about a field of study or career interest.  Here are some great websites that may interest you:

These are only a few of the thousands of websites out there for the Art Management major.  Explore the links at the Arts Management Program for more great sites.  Do you know of other sites that may interest Arts Management majors?  Share them!

An Interview: Arts Management Alumnus Miriam Dolin

September 12, 2007

I can tell you day in and day out all about the Arts Management major and the possible career directions, but it is always better to get information from the source. In this case that source is from an alumnus who went through the same program you are going or thinking of going through. Below are five questions I posed to Ms. Miriam Dolin, a College of Charleston Arts Management graduate, and her very insightful answers.




1. Why did you choose Arts Management as a major when you attended College of Charleston?

I initially chose the major because I wanted to go into the “business side” of the theatre… I didn’t want to major in Theatre and Arts Management had an interesting blend of classes in the Arts and business classes. I just took the Intro course and realized there were so many facets to the field of Arts Management that surely there was a place for me somewhere.

2. How do you think it benefited you then and now?


It benefited me in college because I was able to take so many different classes that interested me. Now, in my field, when I went on job interviews, people were very interested in what skillset came out of that major. It only sets you apart in a positive way from others who were a generic business or communications major.

3. Tell me a little bit about your current position?

Currently, I am the Associate Development Director for a 501c3 organization, Medical Development for Israel, Inc. We raise funds for the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel. It is the only Tertiary care hospital serving children from all backgrounds in the Middle East. This organization is based out of New York City.

I NEVER thought I wanted to go into Development (Fundraising)… actually I went to grad school in Arts Administration after COFC and it was there that I decided to go into fundraising and to not do it for the arts.

4. If you could give any advice to current students in this major or thinking about this major what would it be?

If you think you would like to work for a non profit of any kind, not necessarily in the arts, this is still the major for you. I say this because this program at COFC teaches you so much about the non-profit sector in general. You still take business classes, but you learn so much about the non-profit world, which is becoming more and more appealing for people to go into after they get burnt out in the corporate sector.

5. Any other comments or advice?

The Arts Management program was the best decision I made for myself. The professors were wonderful and I still remember certain lectures from my classes. You get a lot of personal attention, which I feel is hard to find in other majors. Also, the people I graduated with are still great resources for me as I move along in my career in New York City.


Next week come back for different resources you can use to find more information about the Arts Management Major and careers in the field.


If you have any other additional questions for Ms. Dolin please go to the Career Mentor Network located in CISTERNonline. 









The Arts Management Major!

September 5, 2007

The first installment of the major of the month!

Do you like art, but do not want to be an artist? Does the idea of planning events or writing grants appeal to you? Do you want to manage the finances, volunteers, or collection of an organization? Or do you just like the background an Arts Management degree can give you?

If so, then a Bachelor of Art in Arts Management may be the best fit for you. In this degree you will learn about the world of art, but also come to understand the business aspect of it as well. The course catalog has a great summarization, “. . . prepares students to become leaders, managers and members of arts organizations.” These organizations can range from museums, galleries, theater companies, plus other organizations not in the art world. The sky is the limit.

Do you want to know more about a degree in Art Management? Next Wednesday we will be featuring alumni from this degree program. Miriam Dolin, Associate Development Director for Israel, Inc. She will be answering some great questions about what she got out of the program and her current employment. Plus if you have any questions feel free to make them in the comments section.

But What Can I do with an Arts Management Degree?

Anything! That is the great thing about going to school at a liberal arts college; you will learn a variety of different skills and knowledge that will prepare you for the world, no matter what you do. There are some careers out there though that just scream out for an arts management major.

Here are a few job titles you could eventually have:

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