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Career Possibilities

"The PHE degree and its broad interdisciplinary nature has proved to be a springboard into further work and education opportunities that will prove to be invaluable in training me for work on the international stage. Since graduating, my degree provided me the background knowledge to work for justice locally during a summer contract with an Albertan political party. I also credit this degree with giving me the chance to spend 8 months working in Canadian foreign policy advocacy with a peace building NGO in Ottawa. The flexibility of the program and the courses also allowed me to focus on development issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, which definitely came in handy when what I had learned in class and in books came to life during a 6-month CIDA internship in The Gambia." (Lisa DeMoor, Grad 2006)

The Politics-History-Economics program prepares students for careers in a wide variety of fields. Here are a few of the possibilities. You are welcome to contact us if you have questions about how the PHE program can prepare you for work in your chosen field.

Politics and Public Service
PHE courses give you an in-depth understanding of the policy issues that governments deal with on a daily basis. Internships and off-campus study provide you with hands-on experience in the public sector, not to mention great networking opportunities. See John, Melinda and Mychele's stories.

Social Justice
The PHE program will help you gain a thorough knowledge of the political and economic structures that underlie issues of injustice in our world, and a biblically-based understanding of God’s call to us to work for justice. See Trixie's story.

The PHE program’s focus on real-life issues provides excellent background knowledge for journalists who must be familiar with current events in public life, and the historical factors and ideas that lie behind them. See Lewis and Steven's stories.

Doing business faithfully requires an understanding of the political and economic context within which business functions. What you learn in the PHE program can help you shape your business activities in a way that contributes to the common good. See Andrew's story.

International Development
Whether you dream of a job with a small non-profit organization or one of the major international institutions, the PHE program will equip you with an ability to apply key development ideas and theories to real-life international issues. See Lisa, Loralee,  Geoff, and Jason's stories.

Economic Policy
Our economics courses are focused on helping you use economic theory to understand and address real-life economic challenges and issues, preparing you well for a career in economic research and policy-making. See Kim's story.

Social Service
Your understanding of the social, economic and political factors that contribute to poverty and injustice will give you an essential background for working with the poor and vulnerable. See Maia's story.

The interdisciplinary nature of the PHE program and its focus on issues of public justice provide excellent preparation for further studies in Law, as well as a number of other graduate programs. Several of our alumni have completed or are currently in Law programs.

The PHE program is excellent preparation for teaching at the elementary or high school level, with a teachable major in Social Studies.

Small classes allow PHE students to work closely with professors who can guide and direct your research. Many PHE courses involve substantial research projects, allowing you to hone your skills and receive constructive feedback. See Daniel and Janneka's stories.

Grad School
It’s not a career in itself (usually!), but many PHE students have been accepted into graduate programs to prepare them further for a variety of career opportunities. So far, this includes programs in Public Policy, Law, International Affairs, Community Development, Public Administration, Journalism, and Contemporary Ethics.