Your degree in United States Studies

Skills you’ll develop

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:

  • Applying problem-solving to examine issues relevant to American-Canadian relations and policies
  • Critically thinking about and analyzing concepts related to American topics from multiple perspectives
  • Making decisions and presenting recommendations that reflect a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of American and Canadian economies and politics
  • Researching, collecting data, synthesizing, and analyzing large amounts of data
  • Being resourceful 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
  • Communicating, verbally and in writing, 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. Read through the job titles below for ideas. 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.

  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Charitable organization director
  • Communications specialist
  • Community development worker
  • Community programs director
  • Conservator
  • Copywriter
  • Cultural anthropologist
  • Curator
  • Diplomat
  • Documentarian or Filmmaker
  • Event planner
  • Foreign service officer
  • Genealogist
  • Government official
  • Heritage interpreter
  • Historian
  • Human rights officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Library director
  • Lobbyist
  • Media/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
  • Writer

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

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 accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC United States Studies graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

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