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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KU announces first Diversity Leadership Awards
Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Langston Hughes Center received a $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a June 2017 summer institute for high school teachers, entitled "Teaching the 'Long Hot Summer' of 1967 and Beyond."  The project will be led by Shawn Alexander, Clarence Lang, and John Rury.

Teresa Leslie-Canty, AAAS Lecturer and a Topeka High School teacher, nominated by her students in February, won a free Nissan Versa Tuesday night as the KSNT News and Capital City Nissan of Topeka “Teacher of the Year”. Teresa Leslie-Canty was previously the February “Teacher of the Month” after being nominated by 13 of her students.

Professor Jessica Gerschultz has been awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. The Fellowship is for her book project, Decorative Arts of the Tunisian Ecole: Fabrications of Modernism, Gender, and Class in Tunisia (1948-1972).

African and African-American studies professor Professor Beverly Mack wins inaugural engaged scholarship award

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Professor Dorthy Pennington was inducted into the Central States Communication Association Hall of Fame (April 2015)

Student Spotlight

Second year AAAS MA student, Caroline Kastor is also a professional athlete.  This summer Caroline, former KU soccer standout, signed with FC Kansas City and topped off her rookie season by helping lead the organization to their second straight National Women’s Soccer League championship on October 1, 2015.

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