Graduate School and Career Paths

Humanities students have specialized in diverse areas from across the Arts and Sciences curriculum, such as business, Spanish, and communication, in addition to pre-professional programs for chiropractic, speech therapy, and law schools.


Students who major in humanities have gone on to work in fields like public relations, city government, and teaching. One former student, for instance, is now in graduate school in New York studying art history, while another is working as a curriculum editor for the Continuing Ed. program at Texas Tech, and still another got a job right after graduation in public relations for the Texas Rangers.

Graduate Profiles

Cannon Roberts
B.A., Humanities,
Specialization in English, (2005)

  • Pursuing M.A. in creative writing at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York.
  • On the editorial staff of the literary journal Harpur Palate and is co-director of the creative writing conference Writing by Degrees.
  • Awarded a grading TA position in the English Department at SUNY-Binghampton, writing a novel entitled Entering Bell County for his M.A. thesis.
  • Awarded a scholarship to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, studying creative writing with authors such as Anthony Swofford (author of Jarhead) and George Saunders (author of Civilwarland and recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship).
  • His story, "Because of Pope Joan," is published in the Canadian journal Grimm Magazine.

Beth Atkinson Ryan
B.A., Humanities,
Specialization in Pre-Law (2002)

  • J.D. Texas Tech University School of Law, cum laude (May 2006)
  • Associate Attorney with Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor, & Martin, L.L.P. in Roswell, New Mexico
  • On Law Review her second year of law school where her student comment was one of twelve student articles chosen for publication: "The 13th Juror: Re-Evaluating the Factual Sufficiency Standard of Review in Criminal Cases, 37 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 1291" (2005).
  • On executive board of Law Review as Student Writing Editor for her third year of law school, receiving the Distinguished Jackson Walker "Outstanding Second Year Award" for Texas Tech Law Review and the Distinguished "W. Frank Newman Award" for Excellence on Texas Tech Law Review.
  • Her article, "'Can I Start You Off with Some Drinks?': An Analysis of Commercial Alcohol Provider Liability in Texas" is forthcoming, and her article, "Salty Standing: An Analysis of Standing as It Relates to Oil and Gas Interests," is currently in progress.