WCIDWMM - Canadian Studies

What Can I Do With a Major in Canadian Studies

The Canadian Studies Program focuses on developing a deeper appreciation of our Canadian identity by considering Canadian perspectives on issues and debates as viewed from various perspectives and across a wide range of disciplines. The multidisciplinary major offers students the opportunity to concentrate their studies on facets of the Canadian national experience such as history, economics, geography, government and politics, sociology, literature, and aboriginal culture.  

In the process of completing the Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies, students will obtain a better understanding and appreciation of Canada and its complex regional character. Students will also have the opportunity to study complex issues such as bilingualism and biculturalism and examine their relevance to modern multicultural Canada. 

Students interested in Canadian Studies can complete: 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Canadian Studies) 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Canadian Studies)/Bachelor of Education (BEd) 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Canadian Studies)/Bachelor of Management (BMgt) 

The combined degrees leverage synergies with other Bachelor programs and open up additional career opportunities.   

 

For more information contact the Faculty of Arts and Science: https://www.uleth.ca/artsci/canadian-studies 

 

Skills

  • Ability to Collect, Question, Synthesize & Apply Data/Information 

  • Ability to Conduct Interdisciplinary Research 

  • Ability to Debate, Persuade & Mediate 

  • Ability to Make Comparisons 

  • Ability to Meet Deadlines 

  • Appreciation of Cultural Diversity 

  • Attention to Detail 

  • Awareness of the Importance of Social, Historical & Cultural Context 

  • Critical & Analytical Thinking 

  • Decision Making 

  • Information Acquisition & Management 

  • Knowledge of Canadian Literary Traditions 

  • Leadership 

  • Oral & Written Communication 

  • Organizational 

  • Problem Solving 

  • Understanding of Canadian History, Language, Economics, Government & Geography 

Work Environment 

A major in Canadian Studies will provide graduates with skills and knowledge that they will find invaluable in their career, whether they are working as a teacher, government employee or in the private sector. Graduates may also choose to pursue further education in law, journalism, management, or education. 

Canadian Studies graduates may find employment with community organizations, environmental organizations, academics and research institutes, public relations agencies, land development companies, publishers, unions, political parties, health organizations, libraries, museum, social service agencies or public interest groups.  

 

Key Areas of Specialization: Art, Public Affairs, Communications, Economics, Political/Legal Offices, Education, Administration, Media, Publishing, Government, Museum, Public Relations, Philosophy 

Career Possibilities 

These jobs are normally intended for new graduates and require 0 to 2 years of experience. It is important to note that many entry level positions require some related experience or demonstrated ability to perform job-related tasks. Even those positions that do not require experience will still prefer an experienced candidate, if one is available. 

  • Aboriginal Housing Advisor 

  • Arts & Culture Clerk 

  • Business Analyst 

  • Communications & Fundraising Coordinator 

  • Development Coordinator  

  • Education Program Specialist 

  • Employee Relations Advisor 

  • Energy & Environmental Assistant 

  • Information & Education Officer (Provincial Legislative Assembly) 

  • International Admissions Coordinator 

  • Junior Business Writer 

  • Junior Policy Analyst  

  • Municipal Affairs Reporter 

  • Museum Assistant 

  • Program Coordinator 

  • Project Assistant  

  • Research Assistant/ Technician 

  • Tour Consultant 

  • Volunteer Coordinator 

  • Youth Engagement Coordinator 

These jobs generally require extensive, relevant work experience and/or further education.

  • Aboriginal Activist 

  • Aboriginal Employment Program Officer 

  • Aboriginal Liaison Officer 

  • Arbitrator/Conflict Resolution Specialist 

  • Archivist 

  • Author 

  • Biographer 

  • Citizenship and Immigration Officer 

  • City Planner 

  • Civil Service Agent  

  • Community Planner 

  • Conservator 

  • Corporate RelationsSpecialist  

  • Culture Superintendent 

  • Demographer 

  • Diplomat 

  • Diversity Consultant/ Coordinator 

  • Documentation Editor 

  • Economic Development Officer 

  • Editor/Editorialist 

  • Election Campaign Manager 

  • Environmental Communications Officer 

  • Environmental Economist 

  • Environmental Educator 

  • Ethics Board Director 

  • Exhibition Coordinator 

  • Fish and Wildlife Officer 

  • Foreign Service Officer 

  • Governmental Diplomat 

  • Heritage Interpreter 

  • Historian 

  • Historic Site Administrator 

  • Human Resources Manager  

  • Immigration Appeal Officer 

  • Information Officer 

  • Intelligence Analyst/ Officer 

  • Journalist 

  • Land Agent 

  • Legislative Aide/Assistant 

  • Librarian 

  • Lobbyist 

  • Market Forecaster  

  • Mediator 

  • Multicultural Liaison Officer 

  • Museum Curator 

  • Museum Worker 

  • Policy Advisor/Researcher 

  • Political Advisor/Consultant 

  • Political Agent/Analyst 

  • Political Commentator 

  • Political Reporter 

  • Politician 

  • Probation Officer 

  • Public Administrator 

  • Public Policy Researcher 

  • Public Relations Officer/ Representative 

  • Public Relations Specialist  

  • Publisher 

  • Reporter  

  • Researcher 

  • Settlement Worker 

  • Social Welfare Research Officer 

  • Speech Writer 

  • Statistician 

  • Teacher 

  • Union Communication Specialist 

  • University Professor 

  • Writer 

On average people change their careers three to five times in their lifetime. So, no matter what major you choose, you may still be interested in opportunities totally unrelated to your program of study. We encourage you to be open to all possibilities! Your undergraduate degree can be a springboard for other educational pursuits, and your transferable skills and experience can prepare you to work in a multitude of settings

  • Accommodation Manager 

  • Art Appraiser 

  • Art Dealer 

  • Border Services Officer 

  • Brand Strategist 

  • Bylaw Enforcement Officer 

  • Chief Administrator Officer 

  • Child and Youth Care Worker 

  • Communications & Media Press Agent  

  • Communications Consultant/Specialist 

  • Corporate Developer 

  • Creative Writer 

  • Economist 

  • Entrepreneur 

  • Event Planner 

  • Fund Development Professional 

  • Fundraising Coordinator 

  • Human Ecologist 

  • Lawyer 

  • Legal Assistant 

  • Manager of Volunteer Resources/Volunteer Manager 

  • Market Research Analyst 

  • Marketing Agent  

  • Marketing Director 

  • Marriage and Family Counsellor/Therapist 

  • Media Correspondent 

  • Non-Profit Administrator 

  • Recreation Coordinator 

  • Restoration Specialist  

  • Social Media Specialist 

  • Social Service Worker 

  • Television Producer 

  • Training &Development Professional 

  • Translator 

  • Travel Agent 

Useful Resources

Add Value to Your Degree

The more you do to differentiate yourself, the more likely you are to succeed in building a fulfilling career path for yourself. It takes more than just attending classes to stand out amongst other students and new graduates. Become an explorer! Try new things, challenge yourself, build unique skills, and connect with diverse people.

Use the ideas listed below to help you brainstorm experiences to add value to your degree. For more ideas on experiential opportunities at the University of Lethbridge, view the Student Experience Transcript. 

Making connections with others is one of the best ways to learn about the world of work and gain access to career-building opportunities. Making meaningful connections with people is often called building a network.  Building these connections can give you access to jobs before they are posted, or to jobs that are not publicly posted. Employers like to hire people they have already built relationships with, and are more likely to hire people who have been recommended by trusted colleagues and friends.

Start building your network by attending Career Fairs and other on-campus recruitment events found on the Career Services Events page within the Career Bridge portal. Get introduced to career professionals in a welcoming and approachable way through uLethbridge Connect at Ten Thousand Coffees. Consider joining a professional association to help you find opportunities to meet experienced professionals in your field, find training opportunities, be paired with a mentor, or get involved in committees or other volunteer positions.

Co-operative Education allows you to earn income through real-world work experience that is related to your academic studies. Completing a co-op work term provides you with an opportunity to build your skills in a practical work setting, network with employers, and increase your marketability after graduation.

 

Co-operative education is available to undergraduate and graduate-level students within a variety of programs in the Faculty of Arts & Science, Dhillon School of Business, Faculty of Fine Arts, and Faculty of Health Sciences. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how co-op works here.

The Applied Studies program offers you the opportunity to earn academic credit for learning gained through employment or volunteer experiences. Placements provide skill development and experiential learning related to your studies by integrating principles learned in the classroom with practical situations encountered on the job.

Participating in clubs and running for student government are great ways to build employability skills, learn how to work with others, and demonstrate your leadership abilities.

The University of Lethbridge Students’ Union is committed to building a rewarding and enriching experience for undergraduate students. They have positions for Executive Council members and General Assembly members, as well as an extensive list of ratified clubs, offering opportunities to get involved in areas of interest and in leadership positions.

The Graduate Students’ Association’s mandate is to identify and advocate for graduate student needs. They have GSA Executive positions, GSA Council positions, and a mentorship program for incoming students.  

 

The University of Lethbridge provides many different opportunities to gain research experience in addition to the required courses in your degree program.

An independent study is a chance for you to design your own research project for course credit under the supervision of a professor of your choice. Course work usually requires independent library research and/or field work and/or a major term paper. For more information, meet with an Academic Advisor and the Department or Faculty member under whom you wish to pursue an Independent Study.

You can also opt to complete an Undergraduate Thesis Course. This will allow you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree and is a great springboard into graduate studies and professional programs. Fourth-year standing and a cumulative GPA of 3.30 is required to complete an Honours Thesis; it is also helpful to have previous research experience like Independent Studies. For more information, contact the Department or Faculty member under whom you with to pursue your Honours Thesis.

The Office of Research and Innovation Services has a wealth of information on additional research opportunities for students, including Student Funding, Student Research Positions, AGILITY, and events. The School of Graduate Studies has information on Research Opportunities/Graduate Student Positions and GA/Co-op/Internship Opportunities. If you are interested in building your research portfolio, do not miss out on these opportunities!

International experience builds valuable employability skills like adaptability, multi-cultural awareness, and the initiative to take on new challenges. Gain an international perspective by participating in Education Abroad opportunities like semester exchanges, study tours, field studies, work-study tours, internships, and more.  Learn about international careers and resources through MyWorldAbroad (available within the Career Bridge portal). 

 

 

 

Volunteerism is an excellent way to demonstrate your current skills, build new skills, and grow your network. If you are not sure where to get started, connect with UVolunteer, the University of Lethbridge’s partnership with Volunteer Lethbridge. If you already volunteer, UVolunteer can provide you with a framework to organize and document your volunteer work. If you are not sure how or where to get involved, UVolunteer can help you find volunteer opportunities that meet your needs and the needs of your community. Also consider volunteering with a local Board, Commission, or Committee