What Can You Do with a Global Studies Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with a Global Studies Degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with a Global Studies Degree?

Global studies is an interdisciplinary major, which means that it does not point one toward a specific career choice, nor does it limit one to a specific skill set. What you do with a global studies degree will depend largely on what you want to do, where you want to work, and what you studied while you were earning your global studies degree. And because this study is so broad, many global studies students choose to go on to graduate school to specialize.

People who have earned bachelor’s degrees in global studies have gone in many different directions, including: education, art, communication, tourism, international relations, business, international business, marketing, sales, health care administration, foreign affairs, public service, community development, policy development, and journalism.

Potential employers include: Department of State, Department of Defense, Homeland Security, FBI, CIA, IRS, FCC, academic institutions, private educational companies, religious / missions organizations, humanitarian / nonprofit organizations, news stations, newspapers, publishers, museums, historical societies, travel agencies, arts organizations, hotels / motels, airlines, cruise lines, and advertising agencies.

If you speak more than one language (the more the better), you will have even more opportunities, in areas such as government, education, tourism, humanitarian work, and hospitality.

Careers you can get with a degree in global studies include:

  • Civil Service Employee
  • Diplomat
  • English as a Second Language Teacher (may require additional coursework and/or certification)
  • English Teacher in a Foreign Country (may require additional coursework and/or certification)
  • Foreign Language Teacher (may require certification)
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Government Agent
  • Historian
  • Humanitarian Relief Worker
  • International Student Adviser
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Legislative Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • News Analyst
  • Reporter
  • Salesperson
  • Social Studies Teacher (may require additional coursework and/or certification)
  • Writer
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