Career Possibilities

Below, a listing of the programs of study offered through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Memorial University, St. John's campus. Each is followed by "What you can become"- but please remember that this is a sampling of what our graduates have gone on to do, and not an exhaustive list. Imagine your possibilities!

ANTHROPOLOGY (SOCIO-CULTURAL) is the study of origins of human beings and their cultures worldwide. In addition to documenting a particular culture, anthropologists are interested in how and why human culture changes.

What you can become: Exhibit designer, museum administrator, international trade or relief worker, United Nations worker.

ARCHAEOLOGY is the study of past human cultures through the material they left behind. This material can include: physical objects or artifacts; ecofacts such as bones and plant remains; features such as building foundations; and even landscapes such as entire settlement systems and battlefields.

What you can become: Archaeologist, archaeology surveyor, excavator, forensic worker. Biological anthropologists specialize in the study of human remains, including the cause of death (also known as forensic anthropology).

CLASSICS is the study of the literary works of ancient Greece and Rome, exposing you to cultures from which western civilization developed.

What you can become: Advertising executive, film consultant, financial consultant, foreign service worker, historical society staff. FYI Memorial's Department of Classics is the largest in Canada east of Quebec.

ECONOMICS is the branch of social science that deals with the analysis and management of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. Students who study economics at Memorial can choose to complete their studies as part of a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree and may choose to complete the Economics Co-operative Education Option (ECEO).

What you can become: Auditor, bank officer, financial reporter, healthcare administrator, statistician, teacher, technical writer, labour relations specialist.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE program introduces you to the study of classical and contemporary literature at the university level. You will learn to read critically and interpret texts, and to write in a thoughtful, analytical and responsive way. On the St. John's Campus, students can specialize in language; theatre and drama; communications media; professional and creative writing.

What you can become: Actor/actress, advertising copywriter, biographer, public relations officer, book publisher, journalist, foreign correspondent, editor, columnist, communications professional, filmmaker, web writer.

FOLKLORE is the study of the oral and written traditions, beliefs, myths, tales, crafts and practices of a people. To study folklore means to comparatively study folk knowledge and culture. Ethnographic field research is fundamental to folklore studies. Training in folklore studies offers valuable preparation for careers in a variety of cultural enterprises. Memorial is the only English-language university in Canada offering undergraduate, master's and PhD studies in Folklore.

What you can become: Museum curator, tourism guide, cultural worker, folklorist, teacher, health worker, broadcaster, public relations officer, researcher, storyteller, community advocate, writer, journalist.

FRENCH is one of the most useful second languages you can acquire, and is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. The Department of French and Spanish offers opportunities to study abroad including two programs in Saint-Pierre: the Frecker program and the exchange program with the Lycée d'État, both intended for students completing a first degree.

What you can become: Teacher, translator, interpreter, civil servant, diplomatic service worker; a professional in business, communications, media, law, journalism, politics, art aviation or medicine.

GEOGRAPHY is the study of the earth's surface. It also explores how the world's cultures influence and are influenced by its topography and climate - and how changes in climate may affect nature and populations. Geographers at Memorial learn to investigate environmental systems from human and physical perspectives, benefiting from the largest and one of the most productive geography departments east of Quebec.

What you can become: Site researcher, land economist, map analyst, coastal zone manager, weather forecaster, industrial developer, ecologist, resource management professional.

GERMAN: If you are planning for a profession or career that might involve the European context, German is an excellent language to learn. It is the language of many great thinkers, artists and scientists, it also plays a central role in many contemporary economic, political, and cultural developments. Memorial regularly holds a field school in Germany (Heidelberg), offering study abroad opportunities for students of German.

What you can become: Interpreter, translator, linguist, librarian, journalist, foreign correspondent, foreign exchange officer, guide, travel agent.

HISTORY: A study of history fosters a critical understanding of the past and relates it to our own present-day experience. From the depths of recorded history, this program constructs a timeline of human events that teaches us from where we came and illuminates where we are going. History teaches you to think critically and analytically, to assess and digest information, and to interpret complex issues and events.

What you can become: Archivist, TV journalist, land claims officer, journal editor, book publisher, lawyer, museums expert, advocacy group director, career development officer.

LINGUISTICS is the scientific study of human language, from childhood acquisition of language to the sounds of language and the ways that different social groups use language. Our linguistics research is strongly committed to the local region: areas of specialization include aboriginal languages of Canada (Algonquian, Inuktitut, Cree and Innu-Ammun), language acquisition and local varieties of English and French and their European origins.

What you can become: Advertising executive, editor, journalist, public relations officer, researcher, writer, teacher, speech language pathologist, script authenticator, television producer, linguist.

PHILOSOPHY studies develop your intellectual abilities. Beyond the knowledge and skills required for any particular profession, a good philosophical education enhances the capacity to participate responsibly and intelligently in public life. Major employers of university graduates are finding that philosophy majors have finely honed analytical skills and problem-solving abilities that make them extremely effective in a variety of fields.

What you can become: Arts consultant, lobbyist, journalist, editor, writer, commentator, public policy manager, psychologist, systems analyst.

POLITICAL SCIENCE is the systematic study of politics. Political scientists consider not only the structure and operations of government, but also public opinion, political parties and elections, and the ways in which they interact with governments and shape the policies they make. Memorial offers courses in Canadian and Newfoundland politics, as well as courses in Latin American and European politics and international relations. Memorial's undergraduate political science students have the opportunity to study in Ireland, Sweden and the Netherlands. Some courses deal with individual countries or geographic areas. Others focus on political behaviour, political processes and political theory.

What you can become: Lawyer, journalist, government service worker, teacher, consultant, politician, writer, editor, policy analyst, researcher.

PSYCHOLOGY is the study of behaviour and the mind. It seeks, by careful investigation, to understand behaviour, thinking and experience. The profession of psychologist applies this information to promote human welfare. The combination of writing, research and statistical analysis acquired in an undergraduate psychology degree is a sound preparation for many careers. An external review of our Psychology Department in 2002 described the undergraduate program as "unparalleled in Canada." Students have the opportunity to participate in "hands-on" laboratory courses, such as the observations of children in the on-campus daycare for developmental psychology, and of sea birds at a bird sanctuary in the field of animal learning and behaviour.

What you can become: Crisis intervention counsellor, international student advisor, labour relations specialist, child psychologist, group home worker.

PURE MATHEMATICS involves the study of the traditional core areas of mathematics such as calculus, number theory, geometry, real and complex analysis. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics employs students from the Memorial University Career Experience Program (MUCEP) for the Math Help Centre, senior undergraduates to mark assignments and some students may qualify for funded summer projects.

What you can become: Accountant, air traffic controller, investment banker, demographer, teacher.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES is the exploration of the expression of religion in human culture. It examines human ideas about the divine, as well as the way religious concepts are expressed in texts, rituals and belief systems. The study of religion helps you to develop many skills that will serve you well in any career, including critical thinking, textual analysis, debating skills, curiosity, open-mindedness, ethics, decision making, and understanding other cultures, belief systems and ways of life.

What you can become: Counsellor, religious education teacher, religious researcher, lobbyist, pastor, priest, professor, psychologist, social worker, technical writer, journalist, international relief worker.

RUSSIAN: A Russian major combines learning the Russian language and developing a specialization in various aspects of Russian culture, literature and contemporary issues, relevant to the importance of Russia as a world power in the 21st century. Our students have the opportunity to study in St. Petersburg while fulfilling requirements for a Russian major.
What you can become: Art dealer, consultant, filmmaker, foreign diplomat, overseas personnel manager, cultural officer, police officer, radio/TV announcer.

SOCIOLOGY aims to understand patterns and diversity of human life from both contemporary and historical perspectives. Sociologists seek to understand how people live, think, feel and believe, comparing their own society with others. Sociology can enable you to understand and explain the world you live in and your situation in it.

What you can become: Admissions counsellor, adoption agent, child welfare officer, corrections officer, social worker, teacher, family guidance clinic worker, data analyst, researcher, claims representative, civil servant.

SPANISH: If you speak Spanish you can communicate with nearly 500 million people in the world! This means you will have greater job opportunities in the labour market. Spanish is the mother tongue of approximately 350 million people in 21 countries. Students taking language courses use the Multimedia Language Centre to complete assignments and to have additional practice reading, writing and listening in their language of study. There is an intensive Spanish Summer Program in La Coruña, Spain every few years.

What you can become: Filmmaker, advertising manager, media specialist, banking correspondent, journalist, importer/exporter, foreign exchange trader, negotiator, court interpreter.

SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY (Interdepartmental program): The Sociology/Anthropology program examines the origin and evolution of the physical, social and cultural development of humans and explores the activities, behaviour and social institutions to which they belong. Sociology and anthropology provide distinctive ways of looking at the world, generating new ideas and assessing the old.

What you can become: Teacher, researcher, administrator, consultant, counsellor, museum worker, journalist, writer, cultural consultant.


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000