Career Exploration

In addition to the analytic, research, and writing skills common to liberal arts graduates, most global studies alumni enter the workforce with advanced language skills, significant international experience, and the kind of intercultural competence that is valued in the global workplace. Our students are also equipped with an array of interdisciplinary tools—methods from across the social sciences and humanities—that lay the groundwork for innovative thinking and action throughout a graduate’s career.

For more information on what
you can do with a major in global studies,
visit CLA Career Services or
explore Handshake, the university's
exclusive online career database.

Because the global studies major is individualized, students work with advisors to select courses that prepare them for careers in a range of fields. Global studies graduates go on to pursue careers in:

  • International affairs, government, diplomacy, policy
  • English as a second language, translation, interpreting, language instruction
  • Law and advocacy, activism, organizing
  • Arts, media, journalism
  • Higher education teaching or administration
  • Public health, medicine, social services
  • International business and entrepreneurship
  • International development and aid

In addition, what you do outside of the classroom can improve your confidence, enhance your skills, and build your resume. Therefore, we encourage you to seek out real-world experience through research opportunities, community engagement, and internships to help you feel confident in your decision upon graduation. Students may also gain valuable and relevant skills in global studies by studying abroad or joining a student organization.

Prioritize your next steps by building an effective strategy for applying to graduate programs, jobs, and/or service opportunities. You are encouraged to schedule an individual appointment with a CLA Career Counselor by calling 612-624-7577, explore Handshake, the university’s exclusive job and internship search database, and attend upcoming employer and career events and workshops to start building a network. 

CLA Career Services
411 Bruininks Hall

Career Counselor, Global Studies
Contact Maggie Heier for specialized career and graduate planning for global studies majors.