William and Mary

Alumni and Friends

It is often asked exactly what an LCST major can do, especially given the nature of interdisciplinary work, which sometimes can make you a modern-day "jack of all trades, but master of none." It's certainly not a narrowly vocational program, not least because we try not to put limits on what you can and can't study. For those reasons, students in graduate programs sometimes report starting out at a disadvantage ("I never did get that straight-up French history course that everyone else has as an undergraduate," as a grad student in the French department at Penn State put it). But an LCST degree also opens up other possibilities for work and study that might not have presented themselves to other majors, in part because you are encouraged to think synthetically and across the traditional disciplines. Thus, our alumni comment that an interdisciplinary degree has better prepared them to think critically, approach problems from a series of different perspectives, to teach in a variety of fields, write in different rhetorical modes and make cocktail party conversation.

Many graduates report that they take some time to decide what they want to do, or delay applying to graduate programs for a year or two. LCST alumni are or have been in graduate school at places like the University of Chicago, NYU, Rutgers, Berkeley, George Washington, Maryland and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; as a reflection of the diverse interests that the program encourages, those students have specialized in comparative literature, creative writing, rhetoric, anthropology, information studies, museum education and English.

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