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Global Studies Major

What Can I Do with a Major in Global Studies?

A degree in Global Studies uses a variety of skills and knowledge from many fields of study. History, politics, sociology, anthropology, communication, economics, and environmental studies are used in this career field to better understand global issues in today’s world.

Sections Below:

Related Major Skills

  • Ability to Plan Long Term
  • Civic Engagement
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cultural Competency
  • Current Events
  • Economic Knowledge
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Humanistic World View
  • Intellectual Discipline
  • Interest in Other Cultures
  • International Relations
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Interpreting Events and Ideas
  • Knowledge of a Foreign Language
  • Knowledge of History/Geography
  • Knowledge of Social Structures
  • Motivated/Inquisitive
  • Open Mindedness
  • Organization
  • Perseverance
  • Understanding Group Dynamics
  • Understanding of Politics
  • Understanding Relationships
  • Willing to Grapple Tough Concepts

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Related Entry Level Career Titles

  • Bilingual Educator
  • Civil Service Employee
  • Congressional Aide
  • Cross Cultural Trainer
  • Disaster Relief Agent
  • English Teacher in a Foreign Country
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Social Worker
  • Grant Writer
  • Humanitarian Relief Worker
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Legislative Aide
  • Missionary
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Public Affairs Coordinator
  • Research Assistant
  • Teacher
  • Tour Guide

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Related Career Titles Requiring Additional Education/Experience

  • College/University Professor
  • Diplomat
  • Economist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Immigration Inspector
  • Intelligence Agent
  • International Banker
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • National Security Agent
  • Policy Research Analyst
  • Researcher

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Employers of Global Studies Majors

  • Colleges/Universities
  • Elementary/High Schools
  • Financial Service Firms
  • Foreign Schools and Academies
  • Government Agencies
  • International Companies
  • Law Firms
  • Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • Security Agencies
  • Tour and Excursion Companies
  • Travel Agencies
  • United Nations

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Job Posting Sites

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Career Planning Links

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Professional Affiliations and Organizations

  • Asian Association for Global Studies – Professional organization for scholars and educators in Asia who are interested in and actively contribute to the development of global studies as a research and teaching field
  • British International Studies Association – Independent academic organisation which promotes the study of International Relations and related subjects through teaching, research and the facilitation of contact between scholars
  • Global Studies Association – Association set up in order to address the vast social, political & economic transformations of global scope which are impacting upon the world today
  • Global Studies Association North America – Association set up in order to address the vast social, political & economic transformations of global scope which are impacting upon the world today
  • International Studies Association – Premier organization for connecting those interested in pursuing mutual interests in international studies since 1959.

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