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Global and international studies in social science

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Interested in an international studies major?

The global and international studies in social science major provides students with a breadth of social science foundational courses combined with in-depth knowledge in a world region or global topic.

This major helps prepare students for graduate work and applied research, as well as jobs in government, private organizations and non-governmental agencies. Some of the issues students engage in relate to international affairs, economic development, foreign relations, international development, human rights, charity work, education abroad, micro lending and entrepreneurship.

World region concentrations for international studies majors include African studies, Asian studies, Canadian studies, European studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, Middle Eastern studies, and Russian and Eurasian studies. Global topical concentrations include gender and global change and international development.


International studies majors pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that require knowledge of social science, world regions and global topics.

Alumni work at: 

  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Peace Corps
  • Embassies — diplomacy
  • International policy
  • Ministry of Defense — FBI
  • Public health initiatives abroad

Alumni work as: 

  • Political affairs analyst
  • Translator
  • Research consultant
  • Community developer — international development projects
  • NGO recruiter
  • Public health provider in communities abroad

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