Why should I pursue a degree in international studies?
The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is directed toward students interested in the broad study of social, political, cultural and economic global issues, and who want to develop language skills, expertise in a regional area, and personal experience in other cultures.
The concept behind international studies is not new; however, the relevance and substance of the major is constantly evolving as our world becomes more interconnected. As an international studies major, you will learn the best practices to cope with this shift in how people interact in a global society.
While completing the curriculum in international studies, you will gain insight into how political systems and governing policies around the world function and co-relate. You'll garner expertise that is in high demand internationally. With a background in international studies, you will become a world citizen poised to move flexibly around the globe in order to apply your skills to solve real-world problems.
See the Auburn Bulletin for curriculum details.
What can I do with an international studies degree?
The international studies major helps you develop transferable skills valued by employers. These skills include critical analysis, research, writing, and problem-solving. In addition, a solid background in economics and the global market is attractive to numerous employers. And understanding foreign cultures, knowledge of another language, and the ability to adapt quickly can make you a big hit in any business looking for good leaders.
With a degree in international studies, you are well prepared to work in fields such as:
- business and finance
- federal and state government
- research and policy think tanks
- non-profit and foreign aid organizations
- military service
Examples of Career Opportunities for International Studies Majors
If you’re seeking a degree in international studies, you've probably done some research, and already know you have plenty of options ahead of you. Your main recruiter will be the government, but they’re not the only one. You’ll constantly be in the spotlight of NGOs and the private sector, as well. They’re all looking for trained international studies professionals to help them coordinate multinational operations.
Here are just a few examples of employers and job titles for international studies majors (from actual job opportunities posted in Handshake):
- American Water Works International - Sales Trainee
- Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare - Cultural Specialist
- Clark College - Director of International Programs
- Columbia Sportswear - International Regional Assistant
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - Staff Operations Specialist
- GlaxoSmithKline - Marketing Consultant
- Go Abroad - On-Campus Recruiter
- Hands to Heart International - Research and Outreach Coordinator
- Medical Team International - Emergency Relief Manager
- Siemens Building Technologies - Global Sales Communications
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Professional Associations for International Studies Majors
- International Studies Association
- The African Studies Association (ASA)
- The Association for Asian Studies
- Asia Society
- Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
- Latin American Studies Association (LASA)