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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.

Canadian Studies

Canadian Studies is concerned with the creation, evolution and expressions of the multiple Canadian identities that have been shaped by history, economics, geography, and socio-political developments. 

Key Skills & Knowledge

Analytical, critical and strategic thinking - Ability to make comparisons and think broadly; Multi-disciplinary perspective; Awareness of the importance of social, historical and cultural context; Knowledge of Canadian heritage, geography, economics and politics

Problem solving skills - Approaching topics and problems from various perspectives; Analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem; Decision making skills

Qualitative and quantitative research - Data collection; Process and synthesize data; Make comparisons and view a topic/problem from a variety of perspectives

Understanding of Canadian history and cultural diversity - Place contemporary issues in context; Understand the relationship between historical and current events; First Nations cultural understanding and appreciation; Multi-cultural awareness

Verbal and written communication - Ability to write logical and well-reasoned reports; Prepare and edit publications

Critical and reflective thinking - Concerning Canadian cities and Canadian identity, Canadian and American differences and Canadian from a media perspective

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

  • Academic Advisor
  • Archivist/ Archivist Assistant
  • Assistant Editor
  • Biographer
  • Conservator
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Curator
  • Diplomat/Diplomatic Officer
  • Editor/Editorialist
  • Educational Program Coordinator
  • Election Supervisor
  • Government Official
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Genealogist/Genealogical Assistant
  • Government Relations Assistant
  • Historian
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Historical Preservation Planner
  • Historical Researcher
  • Indigenous Liaison
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Labour Relations Representative
  • Legislative Aide/Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Researcher/Analyst
  • Member of Parliament's Assistant
  • Parks Educational Programmer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Production Assistant
  • Public Policy Analyst/Officer
  • Researcher
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Tour Director/Tour Guide
  • Writer

Potential Industries

  • Communications
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Education
  • Government
  • Media
  • Museums
  • Policy and Development
  • Political/Legal Offices
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing Companies
  • Research and Development
  • Research Institutes
  • Tourism and Recreation

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: 

History Students' Association

Centre for Career and Personal Development
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020