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Academic Information:

What is International Studies?

The International Studies Major is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who wish to develop a broad course of study focusing on the contemporary world that is unconstrained by the boundaries of traditional academic departments.  The program encourages students to view the world from a multitude of perspectives and to be broadly concerned with social, political, economic, historical and cultural processes, power relations, and linkages that connect individuals, communities, states and regions.

The major seeks to educate students in understanding the world outside the United States so that they can better serve as informed citizens in a democratic society and also as specialists and professionals in careers and pursuits spanning national boundaries.

Career Information

Possible Job Titles

  • Community organization worker
  • Community-relations
  • Congressional/Legislative Aide
  • Customs Manager
  • Customs Inspector
  • Diplomatic Aide
  • Diplomatic Officer
  • ESL Teacher
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Flight attendant
  • Foreign travel escort officer
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign information officer
  • Foreign student advisor
  • Foreign export marketer
  • Foreign Diplomat
  • International-relations specialist
  • Foreign exchange program Director
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Immigration inspector
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Journalist
  • Researcher
  • Translator
  • Editor
  • Tour Guide
  • Intelligence specialist
  • International Consultant
  • International Conference Planner
  • International Account Manager
  • International broadcaster
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Missionary
  • National Security Agent
  • News writer (foreign languages)
  • Overseas Personnel manager
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Teacher/Second language
  • Teacher/College, High school
  • Tour guide
  • Training instructor
  • Travel Agent
  • United Nations Worker
  • Export Manager
  • International Banker
  • Cross-Cultural Relations Consultant
  • Sales Coordinator
  • PR Representative
  • International Hotel Manager

Typical Places of Employment

  • Advertising departments and agencies
  • Agency of International Development
  • Air, bus, and rail lines
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business and Industry
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Commerce Department
  • Consumer Affairs Office
  • Department of State (Gov.)
  • Department of Defense
  • Education
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Hotel chains
  • Foreign Service Department
  • Immigration and Naturalization Services
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Import/export companies
  • Investment firms
  • Library of Congress
  • Media
  • National Archives
  • News bureaus
  • Peace Corps
  • Public service organizations
  • Public relations firms
  • Schools
  • Travel agencies
  • United Nations
  • Visitors and convention bureaus
  • US Information Agency
  • US Agency for International Development
  • Intelligence Agencies & the Military
  • International Developmental Assistance
  • Journalism
  • Law

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Analyzing and comparing cultures
  • Effective in problem solving tasks
  • Guiding
  • Helping
  • Informing
  • Leading discussions
  • Organizing people and ideas
  • Explaining
  • Planning and designing projects
  • Selecting and training
  • Solving problems
  • Summarizing/Presenting results
  • Teaching

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)





Babur Coskay 2000 Sales Coordinator Leslie's Jewelry Mfg. Corp.
Amanda Baker 2006 Federal Police Officer Supreme Court of the United States
Lee Roth 2000 Account Director Mcgarrybowen

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field

Professional Associations:

Federation of International Trade Association

International Association of Business Communicators

International Trade Administration

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