Skill Sets and Career Options

Skills and Abilities

Communication: clear and compelling writing; expressing ideas through various media; listening and perspective-taking; conveying ideas systematically; questioning conventional ideas;

Research: identifying research topics and plans; gathering and examining multiple forms of evidence; comfort with interdisciplinary methods; comparing/contrasting ideas and concepts; problem-solving; critical thinking; assessing alternative modes of analysis; preparation for graduate training in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences, as well as professional training in such areas as law, medicine, business, and social work

Project Development: assessing needs and interests; generating ideas; identifying resources and partners; working with community groups and stakeholders; translating theory into action, and grasping the practical significance of academic experiences; evaluating results 

Cultural Competency: appreciation for social and cultural differences, diverse perspectives, and competing ideas; fluency in languages; understanding of historical, economic and political forces

Career Options

Public Service: urban planning; public policy and administration; arts and humanities councils; journalism; nonprofit organizing; fundraising; legal advising; public advocacy; affirmative action monitoring and compliance; social work; community affairs liaison; foreign affairs; language interpretation

Business: market research; cultural relations; mass communications and culture industries; media and public relations; advertising copyrighting; hospitality; financial planning; human resources training; staff development; export/import sales management; corporate franchises and small business ownership

Education: K-12 education; college and university faculty; student service administration; diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership; library science; museum curation; public history and preservation.


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