HUM2020 Term Project Guidelines The Term Project for HUM2020 requires students to choose one of two options either exploring careers in the humanities or researching how studying the humanities might help one to prepare for another career. Students should reflect on their own educational and career goals before choosing one of the options below

HUM2020 Term Project Guidelines


The Term Project for HUM2020 requires students to choose one of two options: either exploring careers in the humanities or researching how studying the humanities might help one to prepare for another career. Students should reflect on their own educational and career goals before choosing one of the options below.


Option 1: Exploring Careers in the Humanities

(Note: this option is ONLY for students going into a humanitiesrelated career.  If you aren’t sure, email me!)

Students choosing this option should begin by researching careers related to the humanities. Once you have found a career path that interests you, locate a local person in that field to visit and interview. If you aren’t sure if your profession is related to the humanities, please email me and I’ll help. Examples of humanities-related careers include writers, editors, artists, graphic designers, journalists, professors of a humanities-related field, museum staff, etc. Using the interview questions below (you may add more if you like), students will conduct an interview and record the responses by preparing an interview transcript.  Here is an example of an interview transcript: . Students will then write a 1-2 page reflection about what they’ve learned from the interview.  In total, the paper should be 3-4 pages (1-2 pages of interview transcript and 1-2 pages of reflection).


Interview Questions:


Name of person interviewed

Position Title



  1. Please tell me about your work.
  2. Describe a typical work day.
  3. What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis?
  4. In what ways do you get to work with the arts/humanities in your position?
  5. What aspects of your work do you find most challenging? Most rewarding?
  6. Do you work more often individually or as part of a team?
  7. What is the work/life balance like in this field?
  8. What do you think is the best academic preparation for the profession? (note degrees that may be required)
  9. How did you become interested in this field?
  10. What are the qualifications you look for in a new hire?
  11. How do most people enter this profession?
  12. What would be a reasonable salary range to expect if I entered this field? What is the long-term potential?
  13. What else should I know to make an informed decision about choosing a career in this field?
  14. Is there anything you wished you knew before entering this field?
  15. Are there any professional journals or organizations I should be aware of?
  16. Where do you see this field going in the next 5-10 years?


Reflection: Following the interview transcript, prepare a 1-2 page (MLA format) reflection response as a follow-up to the interview.  In your response, reflect upon the following questions (at a minimum): How interested were you in this position/field before conducting the interview? Did your interest increase or decrease as a result of the interview and why? What did you learn that surprised you the most? Did this assignment help you to think about your own career path? Explain.




Option 2: Humanities to Prepare for Other Careers

As an introduction to this assignment, please view the following video:

Herman, Amy E. “How art can help you analyze.” TEDEd.


The video presents an example of how studying the arts and humanities can benefit other (seemingly unrelated) fields. This option is suitable if you are majoring in something like education, social work, business, nursing, engineering, psychology, etc. For this term paper option, students will research the benefits of studying the humanities and reflect on how these benefits might help prepare them for their future career. Students are required to find at least two academically-sound, college-level sources to provide evidence of how the humanities can be beneficial. Students will report these findings in a 3-4 page paper (MLA format), complete with citations (both in-text and Works Cited page).  Note that 3-4 page is for the paper itself and does not include the Works Cited page. TCC’s librarians can help with identifying good sources, as can I. Please stick to journal articles or professional articles from highly-regarded sources. Feel free to run websites by me in advance. In your paper, be sure to identify what your career goals are before explaining how the humanities can help you achieve them!


Other Details:

MLA Formatting: This course uses MLA formatting and style guide, which can be found at the following link: g_and_style_guide/mla_general_format.html


On June 9th, your Term Project Topic is due in Canvas(See Term Project Module). To complete this assignment, you will need to tell me your planned major/career goal and which option you plan to write on.  Then, if you are choosing option #1, you will provide information about who you plan to interview.  If you are choosing option #2, you will provide information about at least one source you have found to use in your paper so far. See assignment in Canvas for full instructions.


The final term project (paper) is due at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Students are encouraged to prepare a publish for review in advance of the deadline.  You may submit your publish to Smartthinking Online Tutoring (link in Canvas), a writing tutor at TCC’s Learning Commons, or directly to me. If you wish to submit to be to review, please email me your publish at least two weeks before the deadline for review. Please upload your paper to the correct link in the Term Project Module. The link is enabled with TurnItIn, which will generate an originality report to verify that your work is your own. After you have submitted your work, double check your submission to make sure it uploaded properly.  I will not accept late work for this assignment for any reason, including failure to upload the correct file or inability to open an uploaded file. Again, double check your submission!


This assignment is worth 100 points and counts for 20% of your overall grade.  The following rubric will be used to access a grade for this assignment.

Category   Points Rubric Total Points Possible
  Option 1:



Interview Reporting

•  Accessing: How well does the student gather information about careers in the humanities and locate an interviewee? (5)

•  Reporting: How well does the student report responses to required interview questions? (5)

•  Reflection: How well does student reflect on their own goals in light of interview responses? (5)

•  Effective Utilization: How well does the student utilize the information to accomplish assignment? (5)

  Option 2: Information Literacy 20  
  Information Literacy •  Accessing: How well does the student locate or gather the pertinent information requisite for mastering the subject matter? (5)

•  Evaluation: How well does the student determine or judge that the information presented is reliable, relevant, timely and authoritative? (5)

•  Effective Utilization: How well does the student utilize the information to accomplish assignment? (5)

•  Ethical and Legal Utilization: How well does the student quote, cite, and paraphrase their sources? (5)

  Critical Thinking and Cultural Connections Critical Thinking

•  Following the Argument: How well does the student logically transition from one point to another? (10)

•  Opinions and Conclusion: How well does the student defend or rationalize resolutions? (10)


•  Illustrations/Connections: How well does the student assess arguments or points of view? (10)

•  Analysis and Evaluation: How well does the student exemplify and relate the subject matter to other areas [specifically career goals]? (10)

  Logistics Written Communication

•  Thesis: How well does the student state and support the project’s primary concern? (5)

•  Organization: How well does the student structure the project?


•  Mechanics: How well does the student employ grammar and syntax? (5) Digital Literacy

•  Doing: How well does the student find, operate and utilize digital tool(s) for academic and professional purposes? (5)

•  Thinking: How well does the student use digital tool(s) to create content? (5)

Relating: How well does the student use digital tool(s) to share content effectively? (5)




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