Global Studies (BA)
Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you and learning about the many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world. There are so many opportunities to learn, lead, and embrace new opportunities all while having an exceptional student experience.

In this Guide

Learn the many ways you can extend your classroom experience to the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Enhance your academic experience by learning about the opportunities available in your program.

Explore Co-Curricular Experiences

Participate in co-curricular experiences to complement your Laurier
academic journey and gain meaningful learning opportunities.

As a Global Studies student, you can: 

Outside of your program, there are many co-curricular opportunities for you to participate in. 

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge. See undergraduate options, minors and courses for more information.

The following concentrations are available to you in the Global Studies program:

Find more information about completing a concentration and preparing for professional designations including list of concentrations and designations.

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

As a Laurier student, you will develop the following competencies through your curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Competency Framework

Competencies are categories of transferrable skills that appear on your online Experience Record to help you reflect on what you've learned from your experiences. The competencies include: 

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes
  • Self-Awareness

Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrating the key themes and issues of our three fields of study: Globalization and Culture, International Development, Peace and Conflict.
  • Identifying multiple perspectives on global, national and local issues, while also being aware of how your own worldview is formed.
  • Distinguishing the key theoretical and methodological approaches to studying global issues and employing them to conduct research into particular problems and questions.
  • Demonstrating a critical awareness of how power shapes relationships between self and others, including social, economic, political and cultural/religious dimensions.
  • Displaying an awareness of the similarities and differences in cultural, social and political life around the world, and the role of globalization in generating different kinds of change.
  • Critically engaging with some of the big ideas - such as equality, justice and peace - that shape global institutions, policies and social movements.

Discover Career Options

All your experiences at Laurier can help you prepare for your future. Attend Career Centre events and workshops or book a career consulting appointment to explore career and further education options.

Pursuing Further Education

31 Global Studies respondents from the 2022 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

Alumni Careers and Pathways

Sample Further Education Programs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s Degree – Cultural Analysis and Social Theory, Global Governance, International Public Policy, Social Work, Non-profit Management, Peace & Conflict Studies, Urban Planning
  • College Program - Addictions and Mental Health, Paralegal, Government Relations, Human Resources, Public Relations
  • Bachelor’s Degree - Education
  • JD - Law

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • account executive
  • research assistant
  • child protection worker
  • constituency assistant
  • crisis responder
  • event coordinator
  • immigration case analyst

Careers Of Alumni Two to Five Years After Graduation

  • business technology analyst
  • director, international programs
  • founder, future of Africa
  • internationalization coordinator
  • reconciliation education project coordinator
  • refugee sponsorship and settlement associate
  • senior policy advisor

Career Options and Resources

Need some guidance on what you can do with your degree? Discover some career options and find resources to help guide you. 

Career and Industry Options

  • business/corporate development
  • communications/public relations and outreach
  • economic development
  • education/teaching
  • equity, diversity and inclusion
  • foreign policy/international affairs
  • humanitarian aid
  • immigration
  • international relations
  • journalism
  • law/legal field
  • negotiation and dispute resolution
  • non-profit/advocacy
  • public policy
  • refugee settlement and support
  • research/market analysis
  • social work/counselling
  • sustainability
  • tourism/cultural heritage

Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story through your Laurier Experience Record. An interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on experiences and learning opportunities at Laurier – the first of its kind in Canada!

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