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Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

A degree in Political Science won’t necessarily make you a politician (although several of our graduates have gone in that direction). With a degree in Political Science, you’ll possess a broad range of skills that prepare you for employment in the government, education, journalism, law, business and civil society sectors, both within Canada and abroad.

  • advocacy-government relations
  • foreign service worker
  • immigration officer
  • intelligence agent
  • international aid worker
  • journalist/reporter
  • labour organizer/negotiator
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • legislative/parliamentary assistant
  • market research analyst
  • policy advisor/researcher
  • political aide
  • political strategist
  • public opinion analyst
  • trade negotiator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • consulting firms
  • corporations
  • educational institutions
  • embassies/consulates
  • government
  • law enforcement agencies
  • lobbying firms/municipalities
  • market research firms
  • media organizations
  • non-profit organizations
  • political parties
  • polling organizations
  • public opinion researchers 
  • research firms
  • Statistics Canada
  • think tanks

Online Resources

  • Canadian Political Science Association
  • International Political Science Association
  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • acquisition and partnership management officer
  • communications coordinator
  • corporate operations analyst
  • process analyst
  • research analyst

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Political Science, Applied Politics, International Public Policy, International Political Economy, Global Affairs, Public Service.
  • College program: Data Analytics, Public Relations, Public Administration, Government Relations, Marketing.
  • JD: Law.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • external relations advisor
  • industry engagement manager
  • lawyer
  • policy officer
  • strategic policy advisor and analyst
  • sustainable development program officer

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Understand the origin, development and operation of various political systems; the inter-relationship of politics, the economy and geography; and the policies and strategies of resource allocation among competing groups.
  • Develop a globally-minded viewpoint and engage with different political perspectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the factors that influence and change public opinion.
  • Design a research project and engage in empirical research by using various political science methods.
  • Display an understanding of the policy-making process and major approaches to policy analysis.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • 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 Skills

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of effective argumentation for political science and policy-making in written and oral formats.
  • Understand the unique requirements of legal research, analysis and writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Critically evaluate the arguments of others and debate effectively.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Synthesize and analyze a wide range of informational resources.
  • Learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations, performing both comparative and critical analyses.
  • 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.

  • advocacy-government relations
  • compliance analyst
  • contract specialist
  • corporate social responsibility manager
  • editor for legal publication
  • foreign service worker
  • immigration officer
  • in-house legal counsel
  • intelligence agent
  • international aid worker
  • labour organizer/negotiator
  • lawyer
  • legal expert
  • legal writer
  • management consultant
  • market research analyst
  • mediator
  • policy advisor/researcher
  • political strategist
  • politician
  • public opinion analyst
  • tax consultant
  • trade negotiator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • consulting firms
  • corporations
  • educational institutions
  • embassies/consulates
  • government
  • insurance companies
  • law enforcement agencies
  • law firms
  • lobbying firms/municipalities
  • market research firms
  • media organizations
  • non-profit organizations
  • political parties
  • public opinion researchers
  • research firms
  • think tanks

Online Resources

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Federation of Law Societies of Canada
  • National Accreditation Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Political Science Association
  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Gain knowledge in the English and Canadian legal systems, legal theory, criminal law, equity and trusts, land law, law and policy of the European Union, public law, law of contract and law of tort.
  • Understand the origin, development and operation of various political systems; the inter-relationship of politics, the economy and geography; and the policies and strategies of resource allocation among competing groups.
  • Maintain a global viewpoint of leadership principles and social, cultural and political issues.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • 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 Skills

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the unique requirements of legal research, analysis and writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Critically evaluate the arguments of others and debate effectively.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Think critically about contemporary issues from the perspectives of justice, equality and rights.
  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant legal information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations, performing both comparative and critical analyses.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider multiple sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

E: Political Science
T: 519.884.0710 x3374
Office Location: DAWB 4-120

Office Hours:

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Graduate Officer

E: Yasmine Shamsie

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

E: Andrea Brown

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