Since the B.Hum’s foundation in 1996, Humanities graduates have gone on to work in an incredible variety of fields — government, law, journalism, education, business, international development, medicine, the arts, and more.
Arts — Culture
Catherine Sinclair (B. Hum 2001)
Deputy Director, Chief Curator
Ottawa Art Gallery
I am now Deputy Director, Chief Curator at the O.A.G., and my Humanities education certainly contributed to where I am today. My curatorial work involves selecting artists for exhibition, both historical and contemporary, organizing those exhibitions and providing the research to back up those ideas, and assessing and growing the Gallery’s Permanent Collection. A major part of my job is research and analytic writing, and these skills really began for me in those B.Hum years. Read More.
Pascale Arpin (B.Hum 2011)
Pascale Arpin’s career also bridges art and commerce and it sprung from the College of the Humanities, but the similarities end there.
If you live in Ottawa, you’ve likely seen Arpin’s work. Although she does illustrations and paints canvasses and has brought film and TV props and sets to life, her niche these days is custom sign painting and hand lettering — a traditional style that adorns the windows of about five dozen local businesses, including hip spots like Little Victories Coffee on Bank St., Crows Nest Barber on Wellington St. and The Third in Hintonberg. Read more
Victoria Goddard (B.Hum 2004)
Writer, Gardener, Jobbing Humanist
At the College of the Humanities I learned to ask the old questions, and to live always as if they matter – and in doing so, I learned the courage shown by those, ancient and modern, who try to answer them. In short, I think I can say that my writing, like my life, is shaped by the past, and the College of the Humanities did not only show me those shapes, but also taught me to see. Read More.
Kwende Kefentse (B.A. 2011)
Executive Director of CKCU
I think it’s a great foundation for doing more innovative things, because you get the opportunity to cross subjects, but in a deep way. My job has everything to do with being culturally sensitive, and so just being sensitive to all the different religions in the world, peoples, modes of thinking about the world and to be able to move with some flexibility between these has been really instructive. Read More.
Broadcasting — Media — Journalism
Jennifer Carswell (B.Hum 2005)
Senior Broadcast Journalist
BBC World Television, London, England
My love of stories, as a window into humanity and what makes us truly human, took root during the Humanities programme and has blossomed ever since. On a regular basis, I go back to Humanities basics by examining original sources and documents and trying as best as I can to get behind, underneath, and around what is really there to figure out what is important. Read More.
Danielle Kubes (B.Hum 2009)
Humanities prepares you for what comes after Humanities because you’re required to take a music class, a science class, a philosophy class, a history class, a literature class — and in doing so you will gain a breadth and depth of knowledge upon which our modern world was founded, and therefore be better able to navigate it. Read More.
Sarah Cathrae (B.Hum 2001)
I have used these gifts towards many pursuits. I have managed people, an arcade, a banquet hall, and a marina. I did facilities management for the Canadian Space Agency. I have consulted for Fortune 500 companies. I worked in finance for Credit Suisse on Bay Street. I appraised multi-million dollar commercial properties. Currently, I work as the Managing Director of Suske Capital, a Canadian boutique private equity firm that invests in real estate, finance, emerging technology, alternative energy and healthcare. Read More.
Brett Walker (B.Hum 2002)
Department Head of English
Ottawa Catholic School Board
After graduating from the B.Hum. I enrolled in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. A year later, I was teaching English for the Ottawa Catholic School Board and today I am the Department Head of English at a Catholic high school in Ottawa…I have taught a variety of subjects at different Ottawa area high schools and have worked with many amazing individuals. Education is both challenging and rewarding, but every day brings something new and exciting. Read More.
Eric Jeffery (B.Hum 2005)
English Teacher, King’s College
Auckland, New Zealand
Being an English teacher is incredibly rewarding—my job is to mentor and inspire young people, and help them find value in their lives. My working day is spent conversing with interesting young minds from all walks of life. It makes me proud to pass on some of the wisdom from the greatest books of all time to my own students. Read More.
Sarah Carlyon-Baker (B.Hum 2006)
ESL Program Resource Teacher
Upper Canada District Schoolboard
In the Bachelor of Humanities I read books I never would have encountered had I pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree, as I had originally planned. It gave me the English and History qualifications I needed to complete my Bachelor of Education, but along the way I also studied Religion, Politics, Art, Philosophy, and even Science. Read More.
Kateri Couture-Latour (B.Hum 2011)
American College of Sofia, Bulgaria
When my students discuss the social and ethical implications of science, my experience in the Humanities allows me to facilitate these discussions so that they can explore multiple perspectives and understand the real-world implications of what they learn. Read More.
Jessica Carmen (B.Hum 2012)
Program Officer—Japanese Language Education
The Japan Foundation, Toronto
What has helped me the most in working in an organization promoting international (Japanese) culture, was completing my third year of studies in Osaka, Japan, through the B.Hum’s Study Year Abroad stream. This allowed me to gain an Asian perspective on what I had been studying at Carleton, while letting me exchange ideas with not only the local Japanese students but also fellow exchange students from around the world. Read More.
Education — University Level
Allana Haist (B.A. 2001)
Lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition, American University in Cairo
Social justice advocate
I am a lecturer in the Rhetoric and Composition Department at the American University of Cairo. I feel so incredibly lucky in this work to be able to experience the same openness, creativity, and excellent colleagues as I did back in my days in Humanities. The department is a part of the University’s Academy for Liberal Arts, placing us at the forefront of creating a literate culture where the sort of critical thinking we did back in Humanities can be introduced to our students here in Cairo. Read More.
Erica Charters (B. Hum 2002)
Faculty of History
As a veteran of the Great Books programme, I am better prepared to think about continuity and change in a long-term perspective. Whereas many graduate students and academics are often overwhelmed by competing interpretations and theories, the unique programme at the College of the Humanities allowed me to feel at home in this intellectual environment. It fostered a sense of excitement and pleasure regarding intellectual debate, as well as a strong belief in the social nature of intellectual endeavours, two approaches which have served me well in my career. Read More.
Timothy Brownlee (B.Hum 2002)
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
One achievement that I believe is unique to the College is in establishing a special community of learning…My professors showed an incredible dedication to my own development as a student and a person and continue to be model scholars. But I am continually impressed by the degree to which my friends, my fellow students, were also my teachers…Taking many of the same classes with the same intellectually curious and distinctly interested students has proven to be so powerful in large part because I found myself growing and learning with, challenging and being challenged by the same individuals over the course of four years. Read More.
Tiffany Tsantsoulas (B.Hum 2010)
Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy
Penn State University
Former Director of Marketing and Education, inHealth Inc.
I know I could not have accomplished what I did in those three years after graduation without the strong foundation that the B.Hum provided me. Studying the humanities and philosophy developed my critical thinking, writing, and researching skills. The small classes, individual attention and mentoring, discussion groups and close-knit community of peers taught me how to clarify my ideas and articulate arguments. Most importantly I learned how to work hard, be curious, tackle problems, and bring passion into everything I do. Read More.
Simon Gurofsky (B.Hum 2010)
Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy
University of Chicago
Academic research can sometimes seem narrow; the old joke is that by the time you’ve defended your dissertation, you know everything about nothing. Thanks to my time in the College, I have never lost sight of the broader human context that makes my philosophical pursuits worthwhile. I understand myself not merely to be offering a solution to a dry intellectual problem, or yet another minor interpretive variation on some well worked-over text, but to be trying to help all of us better to understand ourselves, each other, and the world in which we live. The Bachelor of Humanities has helped keep my research grounded in what really matters and has been indispensable for my philosophical and human development. Without it, I doubt I’d have been well positioned intelligently to pursue an academic career.
Chad Jorgenson (B.Hum 2007)
Editor and Language Specialist
After graduating with a double major in the Humanities and Philosophy, I opted for the unorthodox path of doing a PhD at the bilingual (French-German) University of Fribourg in Switzerland, where I immersed myself in the study of ancient philosophy, especially Plato, as well a range of modern and classical languages, including Ancient Greek, Latin, and Classical Arabic. Read More.
Johann Kwan (B.A. 2010)
Owner / Photographer
Johann Kwan Photography
In a program the size of the College of Humanities, you really get to know everyone. Professors are there for their students from the moment you enter the college, rather than years down the line when class sizes have thinned down from gargantuan lecture halls. Your fellow students are doing the same things you’re doing, puzzling through the same Platonic dialogue, blowing off steam together when the going gets rough. It’s hard at that stage not to start liking them and calling them friends. Read More.
International Aid and Development
Jean-Noé Landry (B.Hum 2001)
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach at Open North
My humanities degree taught me to work methodically from principles. I have seldom met someone who didn’t aspire to a life of dignity, happiness, justice, and freedom, all ideas that were contemplated and explored at the College of the Humanities. This was certainly the case when I worked in Ramallah with Palestinian advocacy groups or in Serbia with election monitoring groups, wary of a backsliding to the days of the Milosevic regime. Read More.
Sébastien Higgins (B.Hum 2013)
After graduating from the Bachelor of Humanities, I decided to take a year off and gain some job experience before continuing my schooling. In January 2014, I started an internship with the Carter Center in their Democracy Program, monitoring political developments across the Middle East. I was also lucky enough to be deployed on an expert mission to Egypt to monitor the country’s pre-election political atmosphere in April 2014. I have since moved on to an internship with the Clinton Foundation, helping to organize the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual conference on international development. Throughout these professional experiences I have consistently drawn upon my research, writing and critical thinking abilities, all of which I owe in large part to my time in the College of the Humanities. Read More.
Leslie de Meulles (B.Hum 2007)
Principal Counsel, LDM Law
Leslie de Meulles is a sole practitioner operating her law practice in Whitehorse, Yukon on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. Leslie works primarily with self-governing First Nations on matters related to modern treaty implementation as well as matters related to restorative justice, and has worked with Indigenous nations across the country on matters related to treaty and land rights. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the College of Humanities at Carleton University, and her Master’s degree at McGill University, writing her thesis on the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Read More.
Audrey DeMarsico (B. Hum 2001)
Lawyer Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP
I have a broad range of experience advising public and private sector entities on commercial and governance matters. The Humanities program gave me a strong foundation for law and public policy work by informing my understanding of the context of our legal and political system and the importance of good governance and the rule of law. Read More.
Lawyer for Justice Canada
The Bachelor’s of Humanities at the College gave me an invaluable foundation for the study and practice of law. The program challenges students to think creatively and innovatively about the ideas that have shaped and continue to shape our communities and societies. It prepared me for the intellectual demands of a career in law and gave me a perspective that I continue to rely on in my daily practice. I am glad to be part of such a wonderful community of students, scholars, writers, artists, and professionals.
Kyle Kirkup (B.Hum 2006)
Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
I often think about The College of the Humanities, and how it fundamentally shaped me as a person — not only did the B.Hum program teach me to think deeply and critically, but it also pushed me to be a disciplined writer, a thoughtful colleague, and an engaged citizen. Read More.
Update October 2020: Leonor has finished her degree at Oxford and is going to start her training contract with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in London
FASS Article (2016): Accepted to Oxford Law
If you don’t know what you want to study in university, chose something you enjoy and that will give you tools you can use in many settings. Though the HUMS program did not give me a ‘predestined job’ after graduating, I think it was the best program I could have chosen because I enjoyed it and because I developed important skills, which I am now using in law. Read More.
Roy Sengupta (B.Hum 2016)
Accepted to Harvard Law School
I am constantly amazed at the amount of meaningful contact I am able to have with professors on a day to day basis in this program, and I absolutely feel that the conversations I have had with my professors have contributed immensely to my own academic development. Read More.
Library and Archives
Content Services Librarian, Borden Ladner Gervais
As a new librarian, I’ve been experiencing many different workplaces through contract positions. My Bachelor in Humanities has prepared me for them all through the practice in public speaking and argument in seminars and the focus on being a clear and concise writer. My wide ranging level of general knowledge from the program makes me comfortable in any workplace. Already I have taught third grade students about the Dewey Decimal system, helped a bilingual library in rural Eastern Ontario create and implement a new strategic plan, and researched Electoral Boundary Redistribution for federal employees. Now I’m helping a large law firm redesign their intranet. My time at the College of Humanities gave me the flexibility to work in all of these positions.
Robin Visser (B.Hum 2008)
University of Toronto
I graduated from the Humanities program in 2008 with a combined honours in Biology (in the era before the was an official ‘stream’ of curriculum geared towards this). With Dr. Laird’s encouragement, I applied and was accepted to medicine at McMaster University. There, I completed my MD in 2011 and went on to pursue General Surgery at the University of Manitoba. In June 2017, I successfully wrote my royal college exams to become a fully qualified surgeon and am now at the University of Toronto pursuing subspecialty training in hepatobiliary and multi-organ transplant surgery. This is a fairly coveted fellowship and I am extraordinarily fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue this amazing work. Along the way, I took a year off to do a Masters of Science at the bench, looking at the role epigenetics (specifically microRNAs) play in the pathophysiology and possible treatment for congenital diaphragmatic hernia in infants. We have just been published in Nature! Read more
Francis Bakewell (B.Hum 2010)
Resident Physician in Emergency Medicine
University of Ottawa—Ottawa Hospital
The study of the great works of civilization forces the realization that each person that comes through our door is not just a patient with a complaint, but someone with the spark of reason and creativity that defines us as a species, someone with a life as meaningful as our own, and someone seeking help. The study of the Humanities is the broadest possible exercise in empathy. Read More.
Spring 2020: Dr. Francis Bakewell, an emergency medicine physician at The Ottawa Hospital, speaks to CTV’s Patricia Boel about his experience in the emergency department during COVID-19. Video clip here.
Rebecca Warmington (B.Hum 2011)
Fourth-Year Medical Student
University of Ottawa
The Humanities and Biology program was a perfect segue into medical school. Every day in medicine I am confronted with issues that the Hums and Bio program prepared me for. When I assess a patient with type-2 diabetes, I know the pathophysiology of the disease from my biology training. But my critical thinking skills and understanding of different worldviews allow me to connect better with people in a way that goes beyond physiology. Read More.
Bachelor of Humanities and Biology
Class of 2015
The Humanities and Biology program, with its study of biology, biochemistry and all the traditional Liberal Arts has provided me with something I never thought I’d have during my undergraduate years: a genuine desire to attend every single one of my classes, every day. Read more.
Bachelor of Humanities and Biology
Class of 2015
Kika Otiono (2020)
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University
Policy Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Labour
Completing my Bachelors of Humanities at the College trained me in the intellectual flexibility I needed to succeed in my future endeavours. I have always connected my success in legal studies to the College – for me, law was a whole new way to think, which my undergraduate work had already prepared me for. In my current professional role as a Ministerial Policy Advisor, the ability to work in entirely different ways through the day has been of enormous benefit. I look forward to continuing to apply not the specifics of what I learned, but the ability to handle the breadth of thought, in the future.
Bradley Laflamme (B.Hum-Biology 2015)
Graduate Student in Biology/Biochemistry
University of Toronto
When science courses are combined with Humanities courses that ask students to engage with ideas, rather than to categorize them as fact or fiction, there is a perfect balance. You get the necessary objective information while simultaneously being humbled before the sheer variety of ways in which human beings experience the world. Read More.
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