Skills by Major
Below are examples of how to discuss your acquired skills in a statement in your resume or in an application letter. Please note that you must adapt and edit these paragraphs to highlight the specific skills that your prospective employer is looking for. For a list of skills you learned in your general education courses, please see “Acquired Skills for Use in Resume.”
As an Anthropology major, I have learned to understand commonalities and differences among human beings as natural products of social history that involve the whole person: their ancestry, their upbringing, their sources of nutrition, where they live, what they believe, and the language they speak. I’ve acquired research skills that will serve me well in future work. I’ve learned to think critically, write analytically, and to speak effectively in group settings. I have developed an awareness of my own biases as well as how to understand and articulate the situations and perspectives of people from backgrounds and cultures not my own. I work well as a team member and leader in diverse settings. Also, I am competent in Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint.
As an Art major concentrating in Art History I became familiar with a wide variety of cultures and traditions. I also acquired skills that transcend the subject matter and will make me a valuable addition to your company. I became expert in gathering, analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing data from a variety of sources. I also mastered how to write in a variety of forms and how to make a presentation to a group. To do that, I became adept at Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
While studying courses in communication, I have had the opportunity to acquire a series of adaptive, transferable, and job–related skills. These include leadership, teamwork, negotiation, and conflict management skills developed through coursework in communication management; public speaking and information management skills learned through conducting communication research projects and presentations and related coursework; research and investigation skills mastered in data analyses and quantitative research reports; information literacy skills gathered from creating literature reviews and summarizing improper research techniques; and critical thinking skills attained in the synthesis and reporting of communication differences found across the workplace and global environment.
As a Comparative Religion major, I gained a broad and comprehensive understanding of the origins and historical development of the world’s major religious traditions, and insights into the roles they play in the world today. In doing so I acquired skills that transcend the discipline of comparative religion and that will make me a valuable addition to your organization. I am able to understand multiple perspectives, have gained knowledge about societies and cultures outside of the U.S., and have developed good critical thinking and analytic reasoning skills along with good skills in oral and written communication. In completing my course work, I learned how to organize and prioritize work and I became adept with using Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint. Finally, I gained experience in doing online and library research. I evaluated the validity of and interpreted various sources, utilizing them to support reasoned arguments based on evidence in research papers.
Criminology is the scientific study of crime, including causes, responses, and prevention. As a Criminology major I have developed strong skills and abilities to think critically and analytically, which includes understanding and applying theoretical perspectives to concrete questions about crime and criminal justice, to assess patterns of crime, develop explanations, and identifying appropriate prevention strategies, to examine crime data using quantitative and qualitative methods, and to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of varying approaches to understanding particular criminal justice issues. I learned about the various aspects of the criminal justice system like police, courts, corrections, probation and parole, how to identify the best practices in each area, as well as practical skills like conducting risk assessment, understanding trauma informed treatment, and what works in rehabilitation. I have learned to write clear and concise essays of varying lengths and to speak effectively in group settings. I have developed a deep awareness of the importance of cultural competence and the need to understand the situations and perspectives of people from different backgrounds and cultures, and therefore to work well as a team member and leader in diverse settings.
The dancer engages in embodied practices, both technical and artistic, that result in developing self-awareness and the ability to be a reflective thinker. The dancer is disciplined to commit fully to achieving both personal and group goals and has extensive experience engaging in interpersonal dialogue, problem solving, and collaboration. The dancer has an appreciation of multiple perspectives facilitated by extensive practice in observation, evaluation, and analysis. The dancer is an active participant in creating and sharing new ideas and solving problems, moving beyond her/his comfort zone, and utilizing a blend of liberal and applied learning to fulfill the expectations of employment.
As an Economics major, I learned how to employ the tools and concepts of economic analysis to study a wide array of social and economic issues. I developed my analytical and quantitative skills and acquired knowledge of statistical analysis. I used these skills to analyze economic data using statistical software and learned how to present my analysis of the data in a written report. During the course of my studies, I gained experience in the use of statistical software such as STATA, and other software packages, including Microsoft Office Word and Excel.
As an English major I have acquired many skills that will make me a valuable addition to your company. I know how to complete substantial research projects using multiple sources and databases, as well as how to communicate the results of that research effectively. For example, in my senior year I completed an independent research project that led to both an extensive final report (20 pp.) and a formal presentation to my peers and professor. I can summarize and condense complex information into clear and coherent writing, grounded in close analysis of texts and other sources. By studying literature from a diverse range of backgrounds, I have gained an appreciation for cultures and countries other than my own and learned to convey that multicultural awareness in my writing. My experience in critical thinking and in developing written arguments, conveyed in persuasive and coherent writing, has given me a strong foundational skill set for communicating with many audiences, whether inside your organization or with your customers, clients, or other constituencies in your professional community.
As an Art major concentrating Graphic Design I learned to present ideas in compelling ways to a variety of audiences. I also acquired skills that transcend the subject matter and will make me a valuable addition to your company. I learned how to plan a complex project and bring it to a successful conclusion. To do that, I became adept at gathering information from a variety of sources, evaluating it, and applying it to my work. Design courses always include group critique sessions and from these I learned how to make a presentation, discuss issues with colleagues, and work with others in a team or group.
As a History major, I studied history in great detail, but I also acquired skills that transcend the subject matter and will make me a valuable addition to your company. I mastered how to write and summarize information from reports to a group either in written or verbal form. To do that, I became adept with Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint. I also became expert at gathering analyzing qualitative and quantitative data. Not all data is created equal so I grasped how to judge the validity of the datasets I reviewed.
As an International Relations major, I learned about the politics, economics, and societies of countries throughout the world. In order to understand and communicate in these concept-driven areas, I gained advanced-level reading and writing skills. I can quickly digest large quantities of written information, summarize it, and use it to make arguments. These important analytical skills are developed in the various social science majors. What makes international relations unique is the global focus. I have expanded my worldview by considering the histories and cultures of the people of the world. This has taught me to be more thoughtful in tackling questions that seem obvious at first glance. By considering implicit assumptions and engaging a variety of different world-views, I add an important internationalist perspective to team decision-making.
As a Journalism major, I have fine-tuned my writing skills by learning different news writing formats beyond the inverted pyramid, developed expertise in AP Style, and studied the complexities of English grammar. But today’s journalism is not limited to the printed page, so I have mastered video and audio reporting, blogging and web writing, along with web coding and design. I know how to attract an audience to my stories with SEO and then keep my audience engaged via social media. News needs to be reported accurately, of course, so my curiosity of the world around me, my ability to be a critical thinker, and my knowledge of media law and ethics will make sure my storytelling never gets ahead of my facts. Ultimately, it is my passion for journalism that drives me forward in the changing world of news and mass media.
As a Philosophy major, I studied the various branches of philosophy and the works of particular philosophers in great detail. In doing so I acquired skills that transcend the discipline of philosophy that will make me a valuable addition to your organization. I am able to read and understand conceptually dense material, convey my ideas clearly, both in writing and verbally, analyze other points of view, and provide good reasons and arguments to support a point of view. In completing my course work, I learned how to organize and prioritize work and I became adept with using Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint. Finally, I gained experience doing online and library research and in judging the validity of various sources.
As a Political Science major, I learned not just about government but about the social, economic, and cultural factors that are the foundation of governance. I also gained a wide variety of skills that will help me in the real world. I learned to analyze information from qualitative and quantitative perspectives, which is increasingly important in our data-driven society. In papers and other assignments I learned to clearly and effectively communicate this analysis with an audience in mind. Finally, I developed my critical thinking skills, allowing me to engage with other viewpoints in a discerning and productive manner.
As a Promotional Communication major, I have not only learned the history and development of advertising and public relations, but the functions of advertising and PR in a globally-networked society. I have developed strong oral, written, and visual communication skills, knowing how to successfully apply them as part a comprehensive promotional communication campaign. Today’s campaigns go beyond the traditional venues of print, radio and TV, so I have mastered blogging and web writing, along with web coding and design. I know how to attract an audience to my digital media campaign using analytics and analysis, and then keep my audience engaged via social media. There is power in persuasion, of course, so my ability to be a critical thinker and my knowledge of media law and ethics will make sure my campaigns are created and delivered with the highest standards. Ultimately, it is my passion for promotional communication that drives me forward in the changing world of mass media..
Sociology is the study of human social activity, relationships, and social structures. As a Sociology major I have developed strong skills and habits of critical and analytical thinking, written and oral communication, cultural competence, teamwork and leadership. Critical and analytical sociological thinking includes analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, taking into account the history, structure and context of events in order to better understand their origins, understanding different perspectives, creating and explaining a reasoned argument, and setting goals and priorities. I have learned to write clear and concise long and short essays and to speak effectively in group settings. By cultural competence I mean the capacity to develop a critical self-awareness and to understand the situations and perspectives of people from different backgrounds and cultures, and therefore to work well as a team member and leader in diverse settings. I am fully capable and competent in applying these skills, habits and qualities of the mind, individually and as a team member and leader in diverse settings.
As an Art major concentrating in Studio Art, I studied a variety of artistic techniques and process. But I also acquired skills that transcend the subject matter and will make me a valuable addition to your company. I learned how to plan a complex project and bring it to a successful conclusion. To do that, I became adept at gathering information from a variety of sources, evaluating it, and applying it to my work. Studio art courses always include group critique sessions and from these I learned how to make a presentation, discuss issues with colleagues, and work with others in a team or group.
Theatre majors are confident, dependable employees with solid organizational and time management skills who are trained to meet deadlines. They are collaborative and project oriented workers who have the ability to bring together people of diverse viewpoints. They are able to trouble-shoot and solve problems quickly because they are both creative and analytical. They are excellent public speakers who can communicate ideas well, with confidence and vocal skill. They are able to think outside the box and can adapt to new and/or changing situations.
As a Women’s Studies’ major, I have studied issues related to women and gender differences but I have also developed both analytical and social interaction skills applicable to a wide range of careers. The skills I have acquired transcend the subject matter and will make me a valuable addition to your workplace. I have acquired project-development skills such as planning projects and needs assessment, and analytical skills such as critically examining evidence and information. I also have strong oral and written communication skills and am trained to work with diverse groups of people. Many Women’s Studies majors go on to work education, health care, nonprofits, and/or the law.
Language majors acquire many skills highly desirable for employers in state and federal agencies, as well as in corporations and non-profit organizations. The skills I was able to develop through my language and linguistics courses give me the ability of working on translation, interpreting, data analysis, strong oral communication skills, analyzing tables and graphs, and expressing myself with confident both in formal and informal settings. The academic preparation I received through the study of foreign literary texts, civilization and culture classes provided me with a stronger cultural awareness and intercultural competence, a better understanding of other cultures and their ways of communication, different writing registers (essays, critical reviews, summaries, reading reflections, etc.), and the ability to synthesize and organize ideas in a clear and effective way, and adjust the level of my writing to reach the appropriate audience.
Social work majors are considered pre-professionals in the School of Social Work. As a professional program, students are trained to be competent across practice areas, policy analysis, and research techniques that are utilized and applied during their senior year internships (14 hours a week; 2 semesters). These internships are vital in connecting the classroom learning to the real world of helping clients across hundreds of Northeast Ohio agencies. This applied training includes working with individuals, families, groups, and/or communities, and improves writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. Upon graduation with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, students are eligible to take the Ohio Licensed Social Work Exam and receive their License in Social Work (LSW).