Political Science / Government Major Skills List

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Here's a list of the skills that employers seek when hiring Political Science / Government majors. Skills vary by job, so also review these skills lists for a variety of different occupations.

Highlight the skills you acquired during your studies, internships and jobs held during college in your cover letters, resume and job applications.

Political Science / Government Major Skills

A - C

  • Abstracting General Principles from Examples
  • Active Listening
  • Analytical
  • Analyzing Public Policy Initiatives
  • Applying an Intercultural and International Perspective to Political Issues
  • Assessing the Impact of Pending Legislation on Public Policy
  • Assessing the Validity/Reliability Polls/Surveys
  • Carrying Out Descriptive Statistical Tests Such as Mean, Median and Mode
  • Conducting Legal Analyses
  • Conducting Multiple Linear Regression Analyses
  • Conducting Primary Research
  • Constructing Polls and Surveys 
  • Creating Charts and Graphs
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

D - I

  • Debating
  • Decision Making
  • Designing Research Models
  • Detail Orientation
  • Devising Logical Arguments
  • Dissecting Campaign Strategy
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Government Programs 
  • Facilitating Discussions
  • Independence
  • Interpreting Current Events within a Political Context
  • Interpreting Political Events in Light of Political Theory
  • Interpreting Political Polls
  • Introducing Speakers
  • Investigative 

L - O

  • Leadership
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Managing Stress
  • Matlab
  • Mediating Conflicts
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Moderating Panels
  • Negotiating Agreements
  • Networking
  • Note Taking
  • Organizational

P - S

  • Performing Two Way Correlations
  • Persistence
  • Persuading Others to a Point of View
  • Planning
  • PowerPoint
  • Predicting Outcomes
  • Presentation
  • Prioritizing
  • Proposing Political Solutions to Social and Economic Problems
  • Reading Critically
  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • STATA
  • Study
  • Systematizing

T - Z

  • Teamwork
  • Testing Hypotheses
  • Time Management
  • Tolerating Divergent Opinions
  • Verbal Communication
  • Writing Case Studies
  • Writing Editorials
  • Writing Research Reports

More Lists of Skills
Here’s a list of skills employers are looking for, including soft skills, general skills, and hard skills for a variety of different jobs.

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