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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 (2019)

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

5 North American Studies Graduates:

  • Employed: 60.0%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 40.0%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

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

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Applied Social Psychology, Canadian American Studies, Information Studies.
  • College program: Public Administration, Museum Studies.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • human resources assistant
  • modern languages teacher
  • museum collection assistant
  • program and visitor experience officer
  • 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.