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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

International Indigenous Studies

International Indigenous Studies examines the experiences, culture, artistic endeavors, and current status of Indigenous people around the world.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge of Aboriginal present day & historical challenges - Indigenous and Western worldviews; Explore the similarities and differences experienced by Indigenous societies within their community and around the world

Logical, critical & creative thinking - Examine own knowledge and experiences from different perspectives; Process and understand large amounts of information

Research - Social research, qualitative interviewing and fieldwork, as well as quantitative method; Capable of working independently and as part of a team

Understanding and appreciation of the nature of Aboriginal societies - Demonstrate cultural competence; Understanding of Aboriginal world views, philosophies, cultures, languages and histories

Communication - Writing and analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem, clearly presenting ideas in written format; Public speaking and oral communication skills

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Advocate
  • Communications Officer
  • Community Educator
  • Community Service Worker
  • Correctional Services Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Crime Victim Services Worker
  • Crisis Intervention Worker
  • Employment Counsellor
  • Environmental Advisor
  • Indigenous Issues Coordinator
  • Group Home Worker
  • Mediator
  • Policy Advisor/Analyst
  • Program Developer/Evaluator
  • Public Administrator
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Researcher/Research Assistant
  • Residence Life Coordinator
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Writer
  • Youth & Family Service Worker

Potential Industries

  • Consulting
  • Creative Arts
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Government
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Indigenous Organizations
  • Mass Media
  • Museums
  • Non-profits and NGOs
  • Oil & Gas
  • Post-Secondary
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Tourism

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Arts Students' Centre
Social Sciences Building, SS102
T: 403.220-6318

Clubs on Campus:

University of Calgary - Indigenous Students' Council 

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020