Have you always been fascinated by the depth, breadth and sheer diversity of human creativity and expression? Do you want to study how human imagination and artistic forms are used to express various cultural concerns? Offered by the Department of Humanities, the Culture and Expression major will expose you to the diverse expressions of human creativity in art, media, technology and popular culture. You will explore how culture is conceptualized and expressed and how social constructs, artistic forms, and political expression are used to define different cultures and ideas.
Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Culture and Expression. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Culture and Expression degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Culture and Expression than others.
- Aboriginal Activist
- Art Dealer
- Brand Strategist
- Canadian History Professor
- Children’s Rights Activist
- Communications Consultant
- Community Educator
- Cultural Consultant
- Cultural Program Director
- Education Policy Consultant
- Ethics Board Director
- Event Planner
- Fundraising Coordinator
- Health Policy Advisor
- Immigration Office
- Legislative Aide
- Local Historian
- Marketing Director
- Media Correspondent
- Museum Curator
- Non-Profit Organization Director
- Political Advisor/Consultant
- Public Relations Representative
- Public Policy Researcher
- Social Service Worker
- Song Writer
- Speech Writer/ Translator
- Television Producer
- UN Representative
Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.
Skills Developed through a Culture and Expression Degree
A background in Culture and Expression ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges. Here are just a few of the skills a Culture and Expression degree can help you develop:
Core Culture and Expression Skills
- Exposure to the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of culture and understanding of the social, economic and political contexts in which culture presents itself.
- Comprehension how societies communicate values through the expression of cultural and artistic forms.
- Understanding of how historical and contemporary themes are presented and defined through cultural forms as music, popular culture, cinema and literature.
Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills
- The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements and written opinion pieces
- Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
- The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
- The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas
- The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work
Management and Teamwork
- The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project’s intended and successful end result
- The capacity to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal and professional backgrounds
- Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
- The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects
Professional Associations and Organizations
Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field. The following is a selection of organizations related to the field of Culture and Expression that you may want to visit as you research career options for Culture and Expression graduates.
- Cultural Studies Association (www.culturalstudiesassociation.org/)
- Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (http://pcaaca.org/)
- International Journal of Cultural Studies (http://ics.sagepub.com/)
- European Journal of Culture Studies (http://ecs.sagepub.com/)
- Northern Cultural Expressions Society (http://northernculture.org/)
- York University Culture and Expression website: (www.yorku.ca/laps/huma/cltr/ and http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/program/culture-expression)