College of Arts & Science at Miami University
Profiles: Alumni in Business & Industry
Many CAS alumni have careers in business and industry. Read what some of them have to say about how their liberal arts education led to their successes.
Kayla Ruble (Assistant Producer, Film at 11)
Miami gave me my first glimpse of reporting abroad, allowing me to solidify my career aspirations. Additionally, the journalism program's flexibility, allowed me the opportunities to get valuable work experience. Finally, the vast option of international politics courses available have been, and will continue to be, helpful in my work abroad.
Lindsay Snyder (Human Resources, Epic Systems Corporation)
Epic provides opportunities for smart, driven people to make a real difference in an important industry ... With the amount of training provided at Epic, the only requirements are raw intelligence and a drive to make a difference. I've seen so much of that at Miami, and I've already seen many of my fellow Miami grads do great things at Epic, so I have high hopes for other CAS grads.
Una Hrnjak (Strategy & Organization Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton)
A liberal arts degree rarely forces students to just one career path ... Classes in diverse topics such as women's studies, foreign affairs, and zoology, prepared me to address client demands in the PR world ... Using an interdisciplinary perspective, I was able to evaluate situations from a variety of viewpoints and provide the best strategic counsel possible to my clients.
Steve Ressler (President of govloop.com)
To run an Internet company you need a technical degree, right? Not really ... Day-to-day, the general liberal arts skills apply: the ability to solve problems by reading and analyzing lots of data, and presenting and testing hypotheses along the way. It's what I did as a sociology and philosophy major.
Taylor Robinson (PR, Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic)
The Miami Plan made it easy for me to find a major that fit what I was planning on doing for the rest of my life. Luckily, I got 'stuck on' American Studies and I never looked back. So many classes across so many disciplines qualify for the major. AMS also allowed me to create my own 'major' and sell myself for the type of job I wanted.
Jessica Fridman Abensour (Vice President, VOX Global)
My education taught me how to analyze a historical event, and draw conclusions that can be applied to solve problems. It also taught me how to take a long research paper, and boil it down in order to effectively communicate key findings and their importance to the audience that matter most. I use these skills each and every day on the job!
Emily Kuhn (Senior Account Executive, Stratacomm)
[In a] botany course I took my sophomore year ... we grew our ability to analyze an issue and take multiple points of view into account to then clearly communicate complex and technical thought — all of which are invaluable skills in the business world.