On June 10, Caltech celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2016 at the Institute's 122nd commencement exercises. Twelve percent of the graduating seniors (30 out of 249) completed an option (major) or minor in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). They include six graduates with a first and only option in HSS: three in Business, Economics, and Management (BEM); one in English; one in History and Philosophy of Science (HPS); and one in Economics.
Of the students who graduated with a dual option (double major), 19 have HSS as one of their options: 15 in BEM, three in Economics, and one in English. In addition, five students completed minors in HSS, all in the humanities, including English, History, and Philosophy.
Within this impressive group, graduates' next steps beyond Caltech include:
· Studying synthetic biology as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Edinburgh and continuing on at Imperial College London to complete a master's degree in science communication
· Attending medical school to pursue a joint MBA/MD program with the plan to add an MS/PhD in economics
· Pursing a PhD in chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla
· Joining a multinational semiconductor company as a business planning engineer
· Working at Google and Microsoft as software engineers
· Continuing at Caltech for a master's degree in Electrical Engineering
· Working at SpaceX as a launch engineer
· Joining a startup hedge fund in New York
· Pursuing a master's degree in specialized journalism (science and health) at USC
· Teaching English abroad for a year
· Becoming a trading analyst for Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, in New York
· Starting work as a risk analyst at an asset management firm
· Interning in risk management at an asset management company
· Joining the sales and trading team at Goldman Sachs in San Francisco
The Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences wishes these and all members of Caltech's Class of 2016 the best of luck in their future endeavors.