WCIDWMM - General Humanities

What Can I Do With a General Major in Humanities

A General Major in the Humanities, unlike a single discipline major, allows students to customize their course selection to their interests and abilities. Students pursuing a General Humanities major select three disciplinary streams from the following; Classical Languages (Greek, Hebrew or Latin), Arts (Art, Dramatic Arts or Music), English, Modern Languages (French, Japanese or Spanish), History, Linguistics, Native American Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies. 


This multidisciplinary approach provides access to the "big picture" or the wider context of any subject area. The courses students choose can enhance their focus and provide a cross-discipline perspective on one particular theme. The Bachelor of Arts in General Humanities provides well-rounded studies for students pursuing Education. 


Students interested in the Humanities Stream can complete:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Management


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/general-majors


  • Analytical Reading
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Editing
  • Excellent Grammar & Vocabulary
  • Formulate & Defend Ideas
  • Global Perspective
  • Information Management
  • Meet Deadlines
  • Oral & Written Expression
  • Oral Presentation
  • Organizational
  • Present Persuasive Arguments
  • Problem Solving
  • Research
  • Textual Analysis & Interpretation
  • Think Creatively
  • Work Independently

Work Environment 

The streams that students choose to focus on will help determine the occupations and specializations for which they are best qualified. For example, a focus in English and French could provide graduates with the language skills to pursue a career in translation, interpretation, and tourism, or as an intelligence officer for the government. An emphasis on Religious Studies, Art and History provides a good basis to pursue an entry-level position in archival or museum work. Native American Studies, French and Philosophy are a good starting point for a career in law or politics.


A degree in Humanities prepares graduates for a wide range of career possibilities, in numerous industries and sectors. Graduates may pursue careers in/with law firms, political associations, academic or research institutions, medical or health care organizations, governmental organizations, international development agencies, journalism or publishing companies, public relations/service organizations, foreign service organizations, or social service agencies.

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 Education Worker
  • Aboriginal Liaison
  • Aboriginal Support Worker
  • Academic Advisor
  • Admissions Counsellor/Representative
  • Business Development Specialist
  • Canadian Heritage Guide
  • Children & Youth Director
  • Community & Program Facilitator
  • Content Writer
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Editorial Assistant
  • English Tutor
  • ESL Teacher
  • Freelance Interpreter
  • Freelance Writer
  • Interpretive Tour Guide
  • Junior Contract Writer
  • Learning Centre Instructor
  • Library Branch Assistant
  • Program Support Specialist
  • Proof-reader
  • Publication Coordinator
  • Religious Education Worker
  • Research Coordinator
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Student Accessibility Tutor
  • Student Data Clerk
  • Student Recruitment Officer
  • Student Services Coordinator
  • Travel Service Consultant
  • Youth Engagement Coordinator

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


  • Account Manager
  • Actor
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Analyst
  • Archivist
  • Author
  • Bibliographer
  • Bookstore Manager
  • Columnist
  • Community Development Officer
  • Consultant
  • Critic
  • Cryptologist
  • Diplomat
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Editor
  • Education & Training Specialist
  • Educational Researcher
  • Freelance Consultant
  • Freelance Writer
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant Writer
  • Historian
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Immigration Officer
  • Information Analyst
  • Information Officer
  • Information Scientist
  • International Development Officer
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Lexicographer
  • Librarian
  • Library Assistant
  • Literary Agent
  • Lobbyist
  • Magazine/Newspaper Columnist
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Guide Novelist
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Politician
  • Press Agent
  • Production Assistant/ Manager
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Proof-reader
  • Public Administrator/City Manager
  • Public Relations Consultant/Officer
  • Public Servant
  • Publisher/Indexer
  • Publishing House Research Secretary
  • Reading Specialist
  • Researcher
  • Scientific Writer
  • Social Policy Researcher
  • Social Program Teacher
  • Speech Writer
  • Student Placement Officer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Technical or Creative Writer
  • Translator
  • Travel Writer
  • Tutor
  • Underwriter
  • 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.



  • Airline Customer Service Representative/Steward
  • Business Planner
  • Career Planning Advisor
  • Correctional Officer
  • Counsellor
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event Coordinator/ Planner
  • Executive Assistant
  • Instructional Media Specialist
  • Insurance Agent
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Writer
  • Media Correspondent
  • Personnel Manager
  • Placement Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Useful Resources

Association for Medical Humanities http://www.amh.ac.uk

Canadian Society for Digital Humanities http://csdh-schn.org  

Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences http://www.ideas-idees.ca  

Humanities Education & Research Association https://www.utep.edu/liberalarts/hera/

International Association for the Humanities http://www.mag-iah.com/ru/

Library & Archives Canada http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/

Modern Humanities Research Association http://www.mhra.org.uk  

National Endowment for the Humanities https://www.neh.gov/

National Research Council Canada http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/index.html

Natural Resources Canada https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/home

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

The Royal Society of Canada https://rsc-src.ca/

The Association for Computers & the Humanities http://ach.org  

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