What Can You Do With A Major In International Studies?

 

 International Studies involves the interrelationships among societies that focus on international relations, global and development issues, and contemporary belief systems.  In this field, the developed skills in language, analytical thinking, research, and economic literacy are useful in careers in the international aspect of government, communications, business, law, journalism and non-profit organizations.

Asian Studies
European Studies
Latin American Studies
Middle East and African Studies
International Relations and Comparative Politics
Foreign Language and Culture

Typical Career Paths:

International Business
International Relations

Social Services

Language Services
Language Education

Communication

International Public Law

 

Some Related Career Titles

(To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook) and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library). 

 

Entry Level Jobs

Teacher

Social Worker

Sales Representative

Account Executive

Grant Administration

Secretary

2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Counselor 

Journalist 

International Banker 

Foreign Service Officer 

Consultant 

Economist 

Financial Advisor 

Head Brewer 

Producer 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Career Directions
Counselor
Teacher
Social Worker
Sales Representative
Journalist
International Banker
Foreign Service Officer
Account Executive
Chief Executive Officer
Consultant
Director, Marketing
Economist
Financial Advisor
Grants Administration
Head Brewer
Political Officer
Producer
Press Secretary
Publisher
Reporter
Registered Nurse
Research Scientist
Technical Director
Technical Writer


Typical Employers/Work Settings

 
Colleges/Universities
Government Agencies
Media
Law Firms
Accounting Firm
Banking
Medical Agencies
International Businesses
Non-profit Organizations
Technology Businesses
International Marketing Firms
International Trade Firms
Convention and Visitor's Bureaus
International Airlines
Logistics Firms
Relief Agencies
Religious Organizations
International Schools 
Humanitarian Services
English Language Institutes
Foreign News Agencies
Television Networks
Wire Services
Academic Journals
International Newspapers

 

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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Summer 2011 Salary Survey, the average starting salary for International Studies was $31,904.
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Skills Needed For This Career 

Critical Thinking

Analysis

Cross-Cultural Understanding

Research

Information Synthesis

Problem-solving

Investigation

Solutions advocacy

Prioritization

Persuasive writing /communication

Public Speaking

Foreign Language

Global financial analysis

People/program management

Adapative

 

 

  

Links to Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Institute for Foreign Study 
American Society for Public Administration
International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies 
Foreign Policy Association 

Fulbright Scholars Program
International School Services
National Association of International Educators
Council on International Educational Exchange
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
International News Links
International Journalists Network
International Center for Journalists

American Translators Association

 

 

Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 
http://www.govtjobs.com/
http://www.hscareers.com/
http://www.internationaljobs.org/
http://www.policyjobs.net/
http://www.publicservicecareers.org/
http://www.socialservice.com/
http://www.transitionsabroad.com/
http://www.usajobs.gov/ 

http://www.careers.state.gov- U.S. Department of State

 

 

Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master Arts in International Affairs and other related programs
Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Miami
National Programs - Master Arts in International Affairs and other related programs
American University
Georgetown University
University of Michigan
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Austin
Other resources for graduate program research
http://www.gradschools.com/ 
http://www.petersons.com/ 
http://www.princetonreview.com/  

 

 

Link to UNF Program 

The  College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  International Studies.  

 

Holland Codes 

Asian, European or Latin American Studies:Social; Investigative; Artistic (SIA)
Middle East and Africa: Social; Investigative; Artistic (SIA)
International Relations and Politics: Investigative; Artistic; Social (IAS)
Foreign Language and Culture: Social; Artistic; Investigative (SAI)

  

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Participate in campus activities that promote interaction with international students
  • Live and study abroad
  • Read international newspapers to stay current on happenings in your countries of choice
  • Research companies that do business with countries that speak French
  • Learn a third language for increased career opportunities
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice

 

          

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