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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


International Public Law 

Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees


Teacher   Social Worker
Sales Representative   Account Executive
Grant Administrator   Counselor
Journalist   International Banker
Foreign Service Officer   Consultant
Economist   Financial Advisor
Head Brewer   Producer
Chief Executive Officer   Director, Marketing
Economist   Political Officer
Press Secretary   Publisher
Reporter   Registered Nurse
Research Scientist   Technical Director
Technical Writer   Diplomat
International Relations Specialist   Foreign Area Specialist
Activities Coordinator   Translator
Intelligence Agent   Affirmative Action Officer
ESL Instructor   Program Coordinator
Fund Raiser   Foreign Language Teacher
Teacher/Professor   Humanitarian Relief Worker
Foreign Correspondent   Researcher
Editor   Tour Guide
Travel Agent   Export Manager
Cross-cultural Relations Consultant   Sales Coordinator
Public Relations Representative   International Hotel Manager

Typical Employers/Work Settings

Government Agencies 
Law Firms
Accounting Firm
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

Match This Major To Careers

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 Beginning Salary Ranges Typical Salaries
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Summer 2011 Salary Survey, the average starting salary for International Studies was $31,904.
Salary Resources

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


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 
International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies 
Foreign Policy Association 

Fulbright Scholars Program
International School Services
National Association of International Educators
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
International Journalists Network
International Center for Journalists

American Translators Association   

Job Search Information 

Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

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 Interest 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