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Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • advertising planner/buyer
  • announcer/broadcaster/host
  • arts administration
  • campaign/elections officer
  • community relations
  • corporate communications
  • editor/copywriter/publisher
  • event planner
  • fundraiser
  • human resources/corporate trainer
  • journalist/reporter/photographer
  • management trainee
  • market research analyst
  • marketing coordinator
  • media analyst/researcher
  • policy analyst
  • project coordinator
  • promotions coordinator
  • public information officer
  • public relations director
  • sales/marketing manager
  • social and digital media director
  • speech writer
  • technical writer
  • tourism consultant
  • visual merchandiser

Sample Industries/Types of Employers

  • advertising agencies
  • art galleries/museums
  • chambers of commerce
  • charitable organizations
  • educational institutions
  • government
  • health care organizations
  • hospitality industry
  • internet-based companies
  • marketing firms or departments
  • newspapers/magazines
  • non-profit organizations
  • political parties
  • public relations firms
  • publishing companies
  • real estate companies
  • television/radio

Career Resources

Check out more resources available in the Career Centre and through Navigator.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2019)

Respondents from the Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

226 Communication Studies Graduates:
  • Employed: 60.6%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 33.7%
  • Looking for Work: 3.1%
  • Other: 2.6%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • account executive
  • communications coordinator
  • digital marketing coordinator
  • public relations coordinator
  • marketing and events coordinator
  • service desk analyst

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Information Science, Professional Communications.
  • College program: Corporate Communications, Human Resources, Marketing, Public Relations.
  • JD: Law.
  • Bachelor's degree: Interior Design.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • brand manager
  • communication director
  • digital marketing manager
  • human resources manager
  • sales development manager
  • social media programmer

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

At Laurier, develop these competencies through both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to help you achieve your goals for the future.

Functional Knowledge

  • Investigate parallels, similarities and differences between contemporary media and previous communication technologies, and critique the development and use of media technology broadly, both historically and in the contemporary moment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between theoretical and methodological approaches to communication studies, weighing their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Identify appropriate methodological approaches and successfully apply them to a research question in the field.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration & Teamwork 

  • Work effectively as part of a group by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for group success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication

  • Collect, understand, synthesize and apply appropriate theoretical and historical interdisciplinary research in the formulation and defence of convincing written, visual and oral arguments.
  • Develop the ability to analyze, interpret and accurately convey information to groups or individuals.
  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively in visual and written forms as well as verbally.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

  • Identify, access and analyze a wide range of primary and secondary resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • advancement officer
  • buyer
  • channel manager
  • client support specialist
  • communications writer
  • community manager
  • consultant
  • copywriter
  • cultural anthropologist
  • cultural heritage conservator
  • digital media assistant
  • growth hacker
  • human resources professional
  • learning technologies consultant
  • media account manager
  • membership and communications manager
  • mentorship coordinator
  • monitoring and evaluation specialist
  • museum curator
  • public engagement coordinator
  • reporter
  • research coordinator 
  • social media strategist
  • technical writer
  • tourism coordinator
  • transition coordinator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • arts and cultural institutions
  • conference centres/hotels
  • education
  • financial/insurance companies
  • government
  • international aid agencies
  • libraries/museums
  • media organizations
  • non-profit organizations
  • recreational organizations
  • research institutions
  • technology companies

Laurier Grads are Successful

Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2019)

Respondents from the Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

4 Cultural Studies Graduates:

  • Employed: 33.3%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 66.7%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • advertising and marketing coordinator
  • customer service leader
  • donation manager
  • recruiter
  • sustainable transportation assistant

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Cultural Analysis and Social Theory, Peace and Conflict Studies.
  • College program: Business, Corporate Communications.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • artifact conservator
  • community support worker
  • educational assistant
  • events and media coordinator
  • government services coordinator
  • human rights specialist
  • librarian
  • writer/editor
  • youth worker

Career Resources

Check out more resources available in the Career Centre and through Navigator.

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

At Laurier, develop these competencies through both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to help you achieve your goals for the future.

Functional Knowledge

  • Engage in interdisciplinary approaches to understand the ways in which culture is formed, practiced and constituted.
  • Employ the primary disciplinary debates within cultural studies as a discipline, particularly the ways in which culture can be understood in the context of identity formations and systems of power generated around concepts of race, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and forces of globalization.
  • Become conversant in the central questions, theories, methodologies, methods, and concepts that guide knowledge formation in the context of cultural studies as a discipline.
  • Develop a critical awareness of the institutional and social structures that circumscribe forms of cultural production and be able to critique assumptions around notions of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture.
  • Understand all forms of cultural production, including popular culture, as sites of ideological production which can be ‘unpacked’ utilizing a variety of tools.
  • Perform a close reading of any cultural ‘text’ (including visual culture, sound and music, forms of textual culture, etc.) in order to examine the underpinning of ideological structures.
  • Comprehend the implications of different interpretive techniques, weighing their benefits and limitations.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration & Teamwork 

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication 

  • Construct persuasive arguments, synthesize relevant scholarly literature and explain information effectively, both orally and in written form.
  • Probe for information by articulating compelling questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.