Your degree in Canadian Studies

During your Canadian Studies degree, you’ll critically engage the country’s past and present and seek to understand Canada’s place in the world. You’ll develop important skills through an interdisciplinary program that examines culture and society, language and the arts, geography, history, economics, and politics.

These skills may include:

  • Think critically and analyse concepts related to Canadian culture and history from multiple perspectives
  • Apply problem solving to the examination of Canadian issues
  • Research, data collection, synthesis, and analysis of large amounts of data
  • Resourcefulness in finding crucial information and using context to understand its meaning and importance
  • Persuasive public speaking and reasoning abilities that are evidence-based and acknowledge the influence different perspectives can have on facts
  • Written and verbal communication skills used to identify and examine contemporary issues
  • Reflect and analyse one’s own identity, influences, assumptions, and values

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including government, non-profit, business, law, communications, museums, the arts, tourism, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Aboriginal affairs officer

Aboriginal outreach worker

Archivist

Biographer

Charitable organization director

Communications specialist

Community development worker

Community programs director

Conservator

Copywriter

Cultural anthropologist

Curator

Diplomat

Documentarian/Filmmaker

Education policy analyst

Elections officer

Event planner

Foreign service officer

Genealogist

Heritage interpreter

Historian

Human rights officer

Immigration officer

Journalist

Lawyer

Library director

Lobbyist

Media/Information consultant

Museum administrator

Museum educator

News analyst

Policy advisor

Records technician

Research assistant

Restoration technician

Social policy researcher

Teacher/Professor

Tourism industry consultant

Writer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Canadian Studies Students’ Association
Meet other UBC students through events and programs. 

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Careers profiles
Explore history-related career paths in academia, education, public history, media, and the arts.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Develop new skills and gain practical knowledge in a heritage field over the summer.

Parliamentary Internship Programme
Apply for an opportunity to shadow a Member of Parliament over 10 months (for new grads).

BC Legislative Internship Program
Assist a Member of the Legislative Assembly and observe the daily workings of the BC Legislature (for new grads).

Ontario Legislature Internship Programme
Gain practical experience with the daily workings of the Ontario Legislature (for new grads).

Canada Summer Jobs Program
Check out summer jobs for full-time students.

Federal Student Work Experience Program
Apply for government positions across Canada through this student recruitment initiative.

Government jobs
Access federal, provincial and municipal government job postings all through a single resource.

Government volunteer and internship positions
Discover local and international opportunities to prepare you for future employment.

Volunteer and internship opportunities
Explore various resources to gain local and international experience.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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