Our more than 50,000 alumni are making a difference in their local communities and around the world.


College of Liberal Arts alumni are analysts and activists. Lawyers and educators. Journalists and politicians. Artists and writers.

Our alumni apply their skills and knowledge to turn their personal passions and dreams into meaningful work. We're proud of the generations of liberal arts Rams who are making a difference in their local communities and around the world.

Explore stories and information about what our alumni are doing and learn how you can connect with the College.

Career Data

First Destination

Responses from graduates from 2012-2017


liberal arts students secured plans within six months of graduation


liberal arts students were satisfied with their major/program

Responses from graduates from 1976-2011

The majority of graduates got a job or searched for a job that requires a bachelor’s degree within six months of graduation.

got a job
went to graduate school
traveled for several months
did an internship
joined the military

But alumni do a variety of things
immediately after earning their
undergraduate degrees:

  • Moved abroad
  • Teach for America
  • Created a non-profit organization


Liberal Arts alumni work in a variety of industries: from agriculture to education, transportation to finance, marketing to politics.

Alumni with a liberal arts degree have skills that transfer industries and occupations, giving them the flexibility to move around and find jobs and companies that interest them.

alumni have worked in 1 industry
alumni have worked in 2-3 industries
alumni have worked in 4+ industries

A Few Reported Industries

  • Brewing
  • Criminal justice
  • Hospitality
  • Retail and sales
  • Marketing and communications
  • Public safety in telecommunications
  • Art and design
  • Computer programming/software engineering
  • Human resources

Job Titles

Pard Morrison ('97, Fine Art)
  • Attorney
  • Brand Manager
  • Instructional Designer
  • Diplomat
  • Senior Policy Specialist
  • Web Developer
  • Teacher
  • Government Affairs Director
  • Case Supervisor
  • Brigade Commander, Colonel
  • Physician
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Archaeological Field Technician
  • GIS Analyst
  • Government Affairs Director
  • Development Director
  • Financial Analyst
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Legal Assistant
  • Community Relations Coordinator
  • Technical Designer
  • Digital Support Specialist
  • Client Services Professional
  • Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Lessons Learned from
a Liberal Arts Degree

"How to analyze and consider human behaviors, think critically and problem solve"

"Organization: conveying thoughts and ideas in a clear and concise manner"

"Logical and critical thinking skills in troubleshooting technical problems"

"Organization, interpersonal communication, and conflict management"

"Research skills: ability to take what I've heard or read and write about it in a way others are interested in"

"How to communicate with people, understand personality types, and read situations"

Alumni Stories


Chelsea Stockton, double major in journalism and photography, followed her passion to start her own photography business.
Shelby Williams has always wanted to be a teacher. After life through some expected curveballs, she finally made that dream a reality.
After working for a few years after graduating, Cody Linderholm returned to his interest in political science by attending law school.
Theatre grad Jeremy Holm has a successful acting career, landing roles in Netflix's House of Cards and USA's Mr. Robot.
Music performance alumnus Danny Canete is now part of the Dallas SWAT team.
Alta Compton is using her history degree in an unexpected way: as part of a development team at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Political science alumna Robbie Myers climbed the ranks in the publishing industry to become the Editor-in-Chief of Elle Magazine.
Theatre alumna Dana Hughes’ career has included actress in New York City, broadcast journalist for ABC, and now, senior communications officer for the UN Refugee Agency in Africa.
Creative Writing alumnus Yusef Komunyakaa went on to earn a Pulitzer prize for his poetry. He was recently named the official State of New York poet.
A Journalism major and Theatre minor, Audrey Francis traveled to Chicago after graduation to pursue studies in acting. Since then, she has appeared on primetime television via ER, Chicago Med, and Chicago Fire.
Journalism alumnus Brett Okamoto is using his degree as ESPN's MMA Reporter.
Journalism alumna Bonnie Ross is now the Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries, which produces the Halo video game series.
A Sociology grad, Aaron Anthony Madonna teamed up with his former schoolmate to launch LifeSoap Company. LifeSoap brings drinkable water to developing countries through the sale of natural skin care products.
Clint Oldenburg, journalism grad and former CSU football lineman, now works as a full-time designer for Madden.
Eric Tippeconnic, a humanities alumnus, is hoping to inspire conversation about modern-day Native Americans though his art.
Susie Wargin holding Broncos Superbowl ring
Communication Studies alumna Susie Wargin works as a real estate agent and sportscaster for Denver Sports 760.
From an early career as a print journalist, journalism alumna Monique is now the communications program manager at Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris (HEC Paris), a top-ranked business school that has campuses in several countries.
Megan Fischer graduated in 2016 as a triple major - international studies, journalism, and French - and is now a leader in the fight against cancer in Ram Country.
Philosophy alumnus Stephen Brackett is most known as a member of the hip-hop/rock band The Flobots. But he has also started a nonprofit in Denver.
Sheila Dunn (B.F.A., ’06) is known for her large, vibrant figure paintings that explore the relationship between her subjects and environment.

What's your story?

After graduating from CSU, you took your liberal arts education and made a meaningful life. We want to share your story with current and future students to inspire the next generation of College of Liberal Arts Rams.

Tell us how your degree has affected your life and career.

Ama Arthur Asmah (’07, journalism and technical communication)


The University recognizes outstanding alumni each year with the CSU Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Awards. To nominate an accomplished graduate for his or her career achievements, community engagement or service to CSU, please contact the College of Liberal Arts Development Office.

Karen Barker

Karen Barker ('71, speech and theatre arts)

Whether it’s maneuvering her way through a male dominated profession, or opening doors for women with high potential but few resources, Karen Barker taps into her caring nature, energetic personality, and ability to produce results to clear the trail for others.

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Karen Barker
Dan Tyler

Dan Tyler ('67, history)

Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Alumnus Dan Tyler has many interests: history, water, the West, and philanthropy. Tyler created the Gateway to Graduation Scholarship in 2012 for students who are financially struggling to finish their college degrees.

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Dan Tyler
David Freed

David Freed ('76, technical journalism)

As a print journalist, author, screenwriter, and now as a faculty member in the Department of Journalism and Media Communications, David Freed made a meaningful impact on the field of journalism and the lives of many. 

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David Freed


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