Your degree in United States Studies

During your United States Studies degree, you’ll develop important skills while gaining an in-depth understanding of American politics, economics and history.

These skills may include:

  • Application of  problem solving to the examination of issues relevant to American-Canadian relations and policies
  • Critical thinking and analysis of  concepts related to American topics from multiple perspectives
  • Decision-making  and presentation of recommendations that reflect a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of American and Canadian economies and politics
  • 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 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 in American culture and society

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including government, non-profit, business, law, journalism, 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.



Charitable organization director

Communications specialist

Community development worker

Community programs director



Cultural anthropologist



Documentarian or Filmmaker

Event planner

Foreign service officer


Government official

Heritage interpreter

HistorianHuman rights officer

Immigration officer



Library director


Media or Information consultant

Media relations officer

Museum administrator

Museum educator

News analyst

Policy advisor

Public relations coordinator

Records technician

Research assistant

Social policy researcher

Teacher or Professor

Tourism industry consultant


Make the most of your specialization

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

International Relations Students Association 
Meet other UBC students through events and programs. 

Model United Nations Student Association at UBC
Collaborate with other students to propose resolutions to global issues through United Nations-style simulations.

Outside-In: International Photojournal
Contribute to UBC’s only peer- and faculty-reviewed student publication for photojournalism.

NATO Field School and Simulation Program
Dive into this experiential learning opportunity and gain course credit over the summer.

Parliamentary Internship Programme
Apply for an opportunity to shadow a Member of Parliament over 10 months, offered to recent graduates.

The Washington Center internship
Gain professional experience through the Academic Internship Program while living in Washington, D.C.

BC Legislative Internship Program
Assist a Member of the Legislative Assembly and observe the daily workings of the BC Legislature after graduation..

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

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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