A major in Social/Cultural Studies prepares students for a variety of post-degree options. Some students choose to continue their studies at the graduate level in one of the three major disciplinary areas of the program: Anthropology, Folklore, or Sociology. Others take professional training and become educators, business managers, or community centre administrators. Invariably, graduates from the Social/Cultural Studies program work with and behalf of people. Because the program fosters a sense of curiosity concerning human behaviour, all students, irrespective of their post-graduate choices, are the richer for their studies.
Our graduates have chosen a variety of academic and career paths. The list below is under construction, but already reveals this diversity.
Andrew Bowers (2010), began a MSt. in Music (Musicology) program at St. John's College, University of Oxford in the UK in Fall 2010, and completed it in Summer 2011.
Christine Abbott (2002), a member of the first Social/Cultural Studies graduating class, has been accepted as a doctoral student in Sociology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has been awarded a Teaching Assistantship and Graduate Scholarship ($20,244) and a SEDAP Fellowship as an Entrance Scholarship ($5,000). The SEDAP Fellowship (Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population), a multi-disciplinary program funded primarily by the SSHRC (Social Sciences Research Council) and centered at McMaster University, will support her research on issues faced by rural, aging women.
Samantha Randell (2009) successfully supported her undergraduate studies with various business ventures and is currently a management trainee with Enterprise Rent a Car in Corner Brook, NL.
Melissa Squarey (2009-Sociology minor) received a $15,000 fellowship for graduate studies in Sociology at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL.
Candice Pike (2008), the 2008 winner of the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Social/Cultural Studies, was accepted into York University's MA Dance program, with an entrance offer of $14,000. For the 2009-2010 academic year she was awarded an SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship valued at $17,500 and was also offered a $15,000 Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Her S/CS 4950 project -- "Black Tights and Dance Belts" -- will appear in a forthcoming anthology on dance ethnography.
Susan Flavelle (2007) was the recipient of the Breakwater Folklore Prize in 2006 and the winner of the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Social/Cultural Studies in 2007. After graduation, she spent two years working as Human Resources Manager for a telemarketing firm in Ottawa. She began studies toward an MA in Sociology, with an emphasis on communication and culture at York University in the Fall of 2009. In the spring of 2010 she also recieved a SSHRC grant to support her thesis research and completed her MA in 2011.
Aaron Pittman (2007) received 2 units of graduate assistantship for MA studies in Sociology at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL.
Victoria (Warren) Jones (2007) is the Coordinator for the Western Regional Coalition to End Violence, based in Corner Brook, NL.
Tamara Alpuche (2005) is working for Scotiabank in Placencia, southern Belize.
Jennifer Butler (2005) was the winner of the Breakwater Folklore Prize in 2005. After graduation, she received funding for graduate studies in Sociology at the University of Windsor. Upon completion of her MA, Jennifer initially worked as Research Coordinator for the Labrador Métis Nation (LMN) in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, and then was promoted to Research Manager in August 2008. In April 2009, she accepted a position at the Labrador Institute of MUN, also in Goose Bay.
Tara Madigan (2005) was the recipient of the Breakwater Folklore Prize in 2004 and the winner of the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Social/Cultural Studies in 2005. She received funding for and completed an MA in Ecological Anthropology at Guelph University in 2008, writing on "Climate Change: A Serious Social Problem? The Problems and Controversies Surrounding the Social Construction of Climate Change."
Christine Abbott (2002), one of the first graduates of the program, was the winner of the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Social/Cultural Studies. She completed an MA in Sociology at Queen's University in 2004 with assistance from Blakely Family Student Initiative, M.A. Funding, a Queen’s Graduate Award, and a Queen’s Graduate Scholarship. She was a lecturer in Sociology in the Social/Cultural Studies at Grenfell from 2004 to 2010. A December 3, 2008 Grenfell news release features one of Christine's innovative approaches to teaching (Available at: http://www.swgc.mun.ca/releases/Pages/default.aspx).