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Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • community researcher
  • cultural affairs officer
  • demographer
  • diplomat
  • human resources
  • immigration officer
  • Indigenous issues officer
  • international business consultant
  • legislative/parliamentary assistant
  • librarian/information professional
  • lobbyist
  • market research analyst
  • media researcher 
  • policy advisor/researcher
  • political correspondent
  • public policy analyst
  • public relations
  • teacher/professor
  • tourism consultant

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • chambers of commerce
  • community development organizations
  • corporations
  • educational institutions
  • embassies/consulates
  • government
  • heritage foundations
  • media organizations
  • municipalities
  • museums/archives/libraries
  • non-profit organizations
  • political parties
  • public opinion researchers
  • research firms

Laurier Grads are Successful

Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2021)

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

147 Political Science and North American Studies Graduates:

  • Employed: 54.1%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 43.5%
  • Looking for Work: 2.4%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • communications coordinator
  • English teaching assistant
  • junior resource coordinator
  • research associate
  • settlement worker
  • writer/editor

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • JD: Law.
  • Master’s degree: Applied Politics, Canadian American Studies, Global Affairs, Information Studies.
  • College program: Public Administration, Project Management, Human Resources, Museum Studies.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • government research assistant
  • human resources assistant
  • museum collection assistant
  • operations project analyst
  • senior project manager

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

  • Gain an awareness of how to effectively evaluate and examine past, present and future North American life.
  • Explore topics and issues relevant to Canada from a variety of perspectives and compare North American culture/society with international cultures/societies.
  • Gain a solid understanding of North American geography, economics and political systems.
  • Gather information, conduct research and evaluate the needs of North Americans.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of selected North American problems and issues.
  • Display an understanding of how the unique North American climate, geography, government policy and culture impact the continued development of North American society.
  • Identify and examine the key factors which affect the continued development of North America for the purposes of extrapolating information and planning for future development.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.


  • 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.


  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • 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.

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.