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Careers

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • activist/advocate
  • community development worker
  • community program manager
  • cultural affairs officer
  • denominational executive
  • editor
  • educational administrator
  • event planner
  • filmmaker
  • foreign services worker
  • fundraiser
  • guidance counsellor
  • humanitarian aid worker
  • journalist/editor
  • lawyer
  • librarian/library technician
  • non-profit program facilitator
  • public administrator/policy analyst
  • public relations consultant
  • reporter/critic/writer
  • resettlement worker
  • social services director
  • social worker/counsellor
  • teacher/professor
  • youth program coordinator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • advertising/marketing firms
  • arts organizations
  • community organizations
  • consulting (business, corporate, non-profit, etc.)
  • cultural and heritage organizations
  • educational institutions
  • entertainment and media
  • government
  • law
  • non-profit organizations
  • planning councils
  • religious institutions
  • resettlement organizations
  • service organizations

Online Resources

  • Canadian Society for the Study of Religion
  • Cultural Human Resources Council
  • Canadian Culture
  • WorkInCulture
  • International Society for the Sociology of Religion
  • The Society for the Anthropology for Religion
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture (ASREC)
  • International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • administrative assistant
  • artistic director
  • management trainee

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Religion and Culture, Peace and Conflict Studies, Cultural Analysis and Social Theory, History.
  • College program: Integrated Marketing Communications, International Development, Library and Information Technician.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.
  • JD: Law.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • course materials coordinator
  • diversity officer
  • donor relations coordinator
  • policy analyst
  • program facilitator
  • refugee settlement worker

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

  • Investigate and analyze the role of religion and culture in society.
  • Understand the social and cultural development of societies, groups and individuals.
  • Use knowledge of culture and religion to plan for future development and trends in areas such as business, culture, international relations and urban development.
  • Interpret religious, cultural and historical texts, stories and mythology for the purpose of extrapolating information and understanding individual and cultural differences.
  • Understand the historical differences between groups, societies, religions and cultures, and identify similarities and bridge differences using this knowledge.
  • Acquire knowledge of specific religious traditions and their impact on interpersonal and cultural relations.
  • Develop an awareness of the impact of religious, cultural and historical events on modern relationships.

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

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions clearly, logically and creatively, 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.
  • Communicate information and ideas clearly, logically and creatively.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • 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.
  • Synthesize, analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

Department Chair Meena Sharify-Funk (WLU): msharifyfunk@wlu.ca

Undergraduate Co-ordinator Erich Fox Tree (WLU): efoxtree@wlu.ca

Graduate Co-ordinator Ashley Lebner (WLU): alebner@wlu.ca

PhD Program Director Mavis Fenn (UW): mfenn@uwaterloo.ca