As a student in our school, you’ll learn how to write clearly, craft effective arguments and communicate your ideas fervently. You’ll discover how to raise critical questions and formulate reasonable strategies to address them. Our rigorous courses will teach you how to read, comprehend and summarize conceptually difficult material. The skills you acquire – like knowing how to ask the right questions, evaluate evidence, form arguments and present analysis – will be highly valuable in any career venture.

Skills employers are seeking in candidates

As a student in SHPRS, you will build new skills, experiences and competencies that contribute to your overall personal growth and professional development. Below are eight career competences that employers are seeking, and highly qualified candidates often possess. Career competencies were developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and Career and Professional Development Services has made it easy for you to ensure you are making strides in each of these areas.

Critical thinking

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information. 


Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace. 


Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities. 


Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks and accomplish goals. 

Equity and Inclusion

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures and policies of racism. 

Career and Self Development

Proactively develop oneself and one's career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one's strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities and networking to build relationships within and without one's organization. 


Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts and perspectives with persons inside and outside an organization. 


Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals. 

What can you do with a SHPRS Degree? Here's a few ideas: