Program Overview

Program Requirements


Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. Many graduate programs are offered by the University of Ottawa.


Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves.

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.

Watch the video of a former student of the programs of History and Political Science at the University of Ottawa


Occupations related to this program

Secondary school teachers

  • History teacher, secondary school


Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

  • Heritage interpreter
  • Historical interpreter
  • Historical site interpreter
  • Museum interpreter



  • Researcher


Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

  • Research assistant
  • Teaching assistant



  • Archivist


Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers

  • Archives manager



  • Librarian


College and other vocational instructors

  • History teacher – CEGEP
  • College teacher


Conservators and curators

  • Curator


Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.

  • Historian


Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training

  • Assistant dean
  • Dean
  • Faculty administrator


Acquiring experience

Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.


Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. Community Service Learning help students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.


Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students program of studies. It is also useful to browse potential employers website to learn about the culture, read job postings and keep up to date with the latest development.

  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada 
  • Canada’s History
  • Canadian Heritage 
  • Canadian Heritage Information Network
  • Canadian Museum of History
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Canadian War Museum
  • Immigration and citizenship Canada
  • Joan Holmes & Associates
  • Library and Archives Canada - LAC
  • National Capital Commission -NCC
  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Ottawa Public Library
  • Parks Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Public History
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada - PSPC
  • Transports Canada
  • Canadian Institute
  • CBC Radio-Canada
  • Lang Pioneer Village Museum
  • Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Royal Ontario Museum 
  • Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
  • Thunder Bay Museum
  • Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
  • Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec - BAnQ
  • Groupe PVP
  • McCord Museum
  • Société de développement des entreprises culturelles - SODEC
  • The Gazette
  • The National Battlefields Commission
  • Archives of Manitoba
  • Ecofor
  • Gabriel Dumont Institute - GDI
  • Heritage North Consulting 
  • Province of Manitoba 
  • Museum North Vancouver
  • Royal BC Museum and Archives
  • University of British Columbia
  • Heritage Yukon 


Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters.


Professional organizations

Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities. They are a great source of information.

  • Association of Canadian Archivists
  • Association of Manitoba Museums
  • Canada's History 
  • Canadian Association of Journalists - CAJ
  • Canadian Association of Professional Conservators - CAPC
  • Canadian Catholic Historical Association 
  • Canadian Historical Association
  • Canadian Library Association
  • Canadian Museums Association - CMA
  • Canadian Society for the History of Medicine
  • Conseil québécois du patrimoine vivant - CQPV
  • Cultural Human Resources Council - CHRC
  • Historical Society of Ottawa
  • Manitoba Historical Society
  • Ontario History and Social Sciences Teachers' Association - OHASSTA
  • Société des musées du Québec - SMQ
  • The Champlain Society
  • Heritage Canada Foundation
  • The History Education Network
  • Ontario Historical Society




Date modified: 2022-08-03