Useful Skills

Useful Tools


Historians and Political Scientists can make themselves more valuable to employers by adding skills beyond their major requirements.


Almost every profession in the United States today has an international component. From an employer's point of view, an employee competent in a foreign language could make small-talk with prospective clients from other parts of the world or follow news stories in places where the company hoped to do business.  Even if you are not fluent in the language, your command of the rudiments of a foreign language gives the impression that you are eager for business outside of the English speaking world and are willing to reach out culturally to clients or customers from different backgrounds.  Learning a language properly requires you to learn a culture as well, and so increases the range of environments in which you can function without making unconscious gaffes.

TSU offers advanced language instruction in both French and Spanish.  Competence in Spanish opens up communication with most of Latin America (the big exception is Brazil, where Portuguese is the dominant language), as well as Spain, but there are also significant numbers of Spanish speakers in parts of Africa.  French is spoken in France, of course, but also in former French colonies in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean, as well as in French Canada.


Ability to work competently with computers will enhance just about any endeavor.  Find out what programs and operating systems are most important in your chosen career and then practice using them throughout your education at TSU.


Ability to set up and run modern A/V equipment and to create memorable presentations will allow you to put your best foot forward in almost any situation.  Note that sometimes you will gain more by knowing when NOT to rely on high-tech presentations.


You don't have to have a Business major to have a basic understanding of what a business needs to operate.  Learning just a little about accounting, writing a business plan, and marketing can help you apply your skills in a variety of environments.




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