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04/21/14 12:16 pm Age: 1 year

Humanities Majors Enroll in Diverse Graduate Programs


By: Jaci Shankel

Five Graduates Illustrate Possibilities

John Hawkins helps build classrooms as part of Engineers Without Borders in 2010

“What career opportunities will I have when I graduate?” The thought is a constant concern for university students. For those studying humanities at Walla Walla University, there are a multitude of options.

Christa Walikonis, a humanities major at WWU, was recently accepted into the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Her husband, John Hawkins, a 2010 WWU graduate in humanities, engineering, and math, spent a year working in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program before beginning his doctoral work at the University of Texas.

Elizabeth Jones, a business and English major, will enroll at the University of Michigan Law School this fall. The median LSAT score for the 2013 entering class at the University of Michigan Law School is 168 (96th percentile).

A 2011 humanities graduate, David Gustavsen, currently has a full-ride scholarship to Syracuse University’s M.F.A. program in creative writing, one of the top five programs in the nation.

Another 2011 humanities graduate, Julie Nordgren, is a case manager for Downtown Emergency Service Center, an organization that provides emergency services for homeless people living in Seattle, Wash.

These five graduates illustrate the possibilities available to humanities majors, says Dan Lamberton, chair of the Humanities Department at WWU.  “Absolutely none of the humanities graduates are without admirable, important work,” Lamberton says. “That goes for all 30 years I’ve been chair of the department.”

Lamberton is currently working on making humanities a viable option for more students by creating a workable double major between humanities and biology, business, or others.


Published Monday, Apr. 21

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