Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.

This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university (refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements). Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

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    “Global political economy requires an open mind and a willingness to be challenged. The intensity and wide content can be overwhelming and difficult, but is extremely satisfying to achieve in the end.”

    Ben Bawdon, global political economy student

Global Political Economy at UM

Social, political, ecological and economic issues are inseparable. Multiple perspectives and the ability to connect and synthesize them are needed to grapple with contemporary, complex issues. The multi-faceted global political economy program will present you with a balanced and innovative way to deepen your understanding of global political and economic relations.

Global political economy is an interdisciplinary program offered by five different departments: history, sociology, economics, anthropology and political studies. Faculty from each department have collaborated to create an exciting degree program that will prepare you to better understand the world, to bridge local issues and global forces and to become effective, collaborative actors beyond the walls of the university.

Skills you will gain by studying GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

  • The ability to understand and define global political and economic relations
  • The ability to analyze current and historical events from a social, political, ecological and economic perspective
  • The ability to think critically and develop innovative solutions to complex global issues
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing


Year 1 - 30 credit hours


Course requirements:
6 credit hours from HIST 1370HIST 1380HIST 1500, HIST 2730, HIST 2732, and HIST 2734ECON 1010 and ECON 1020 (or ECON 1210 and ECON 1220) and GPE 1700

Advanced: plus POLS 2602 

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with the global political economy program coordinator to help you plan your program.
  2. Take SOC 1200 and ANTH 1220 or ANTH 1520 as electives
    to get the prerequisites for upper level sociology and anthropology courses.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Set up your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including Global Political Economy Students’ Association and Arts Student Body Council.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Info Days and other events on campus.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-StudySTEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Community Action Poverty Simulation.


Considering international opportunities? Attend World Opportunities Week in November for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit Migizii Agamik, the International Centre for Students or learn about local agencies via Manitoba 211.

Year 2 - 60 credit hours


Course requirements:
ANTH 2000ECON 2540 and ECON 2550GPE 2700SOC 2290 (or both ANTH 3930 and STAT 1000)

Advanced: plus 9 credit hours from List A courses  is to be taken over Yrs 2, 3 and 4

To do this year:

  1. Go to the Faculty of Arts Student Services Office to declare your major in person prior to registration..
  2. Take POLS 2502 as an elective to get the prerequisite for upper level political studies courses.
  3. Consider choosing a second language for your minor to enhance your employability prospects upon graduation.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate with the Political Economy of the World System (PEWS).
  4. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for a research assistant position or Undergraduate Research Award.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out Canadian Red CrossManitoba LegislativeUNICEF or volunteer abroad through the AIESEC Global Citizenship program.

Watch for the new GPE Field Placement course offered in 2021* Register for this course to gain valuable work experience and networking opportunities in GPE .

Find opportunities to market yourself: Become a Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador or join the Student Leadership Development Program.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange or Travel Study program, Students Without Borders internship or UNICEF Internship Programme, Badili Mtizamo! Tanzania Service-Learning Experience, Canada World Youth, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out the WUSC Student Refugee Program or Community Engaged Learning. Practice your use of additional languages through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.


Year 3 - 90 credit hours


Course requirements:
ANTH 3320GPE 3700POLS 3250 or ANTH 3750POLS 3270 and one of SOC 3380SOC 3838SOC 3840 or SOC 3890

Advanced: See requirements under year 2.

To do this year: Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as World Trade Centre Winnipeg and Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate StudiesExtended Education or other academic institutions.


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Watch for the new GPE Field Placement course offered in 2021. Register for this course to gain valuable work experience and networking opportunities in GPE. 

Check out student job opportunities with: Canadian Border Services AgencyGlobal Affairs Canada and UMSU.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out DevexMy World AbroadJob BankFind My JobIndeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the International Student Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

Year 4 - 120 credit hours


Course requirements:
GPE 4700, confirm all requirements using the academic calendar.

To do this year: Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance: Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.


Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Present your research at the CSA Annual Conference or submit an article to the CCJA Justice Report.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the International Youth Internship ProgramManitoba Legislative Internship Program or Embassy of Canada’s Internship Program.


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus or register for a Workplace Cultural Competence Workshop through Extended Education.

Sample Jobs

Sample jobs with an undergraduate degree and related experience

Options requiring other education


What do employers want?

Industries such as business, community development, government and policy development would value a global political economy degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Digital technology
  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Continuous learning

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

Details of that report can be found here.

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  • Meet with a career consultant

    Meet with a career consultant for a confidential discussion about your career goals, job search, resumé/CV and interview preparation.

    Contact Career Services at or call 204-474-9456 to make an appointment.

  • Talk to an academic advisor

    Talk to an academic advisor who will guide you to resources to help you make important decisions for your future. Advisors are specialized, often by program, faculty/school or unit.

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