What Can I Do With a Major In Global Studies?

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Major Information

You can do a lot with this major! Global Studies majors go on to successful careers in international business, academics, advocacy, politics, government, publishing, the arts, research, and much more.

“All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and Global Studies majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers..These skills include:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Deep understanding of the institutions and processes that shape the world
  • Cross-cultural knowledge and understanding
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively

 

Interest Code: SEI

 

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Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are Global Studies alumni in all eight of the career fields). For more career information for global studies majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

Internships

  • Research Intern - Advanced Infrastructure Development Group
  • Coffee Production Intern - Finca Maputo
  • Sales Intern - Avirat, Inc.

Entry-Level

  • Sales Communication Specialist - Chamilia LLC
  • Production Manager - Woodchuck USA
  • Assistant Buyer and Customer Service - World Cycling Productions
  • Administrative Assistant - Coldwell Banker Burnet
  • Business Development Representative - Epicor Software
  • Operations Manager - Varsity Theatre/Loring Pasta Bar
  • International Sales Coordinator - Vascular Solutions
  • Customer Service Specialist - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc
  • Employment Consultant - Kaposia, Inc.
  • Sales Executive - Kaposia, Inc.
  • Team Lead - Target
  • Marketing and Strategy Manager - Procter & Gamble

Experienced

  • Owner - J&C Wireless, INC
  • Co-Owner - Madison Log Rolling
  • Executive Assistant - Amazon
  • Associate Consultant - SPS Commerce
  • Sales, E-Commerce, Purchasing and Receiving - Freewheel Bike
  • QA Engineer - Conversant, Inc.
  • Sales, Marketing, & Internal Customer Relations Manager, Sibbach, P.C. - Realty One Group
  • Senior International Sales Coordinator - Vascular Solutions
  • MSP Coordinator - Volt Workforce Solutions
  • Security Operations Specialist - U.S. Bank

Graduate Programs

  • MBA, Executive Education - University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management
  • MBA, Business Administration - University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management
Nonprofit, Human Services, Social Justice

Internships

  • Intern - Domestic Abuse Project
  • Education Program Intern - The Advocates for Human Rights
  • Campus Organizer, Board Member - Haiti Justice Alliance
  • Intern - Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
  • Intern - Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
  • Public Policy Intern - Minnesota AIDS Project.

Entry-Level

  • Administrative Intern - Global Rights for Women
  • Rural Development Specialist - Network MACRENA

Experienced

  • Spanish Language Access Specialist - Think Small
  • Ecuador and Costa Rica Country Manager - Global Volunteers

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Counseling Psychology - University of Minnesota
Education

Internships

  • Student Engagement Intern - International Student and Scholar Services
  • Teachers of Critical Language Program Intern - American Councils for International Education

Entry-Level

  • Outreach Assistant - Center for Social Studies Education
  • Associate Educator - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Program Manager - Rasmussen College
  • Events Coordinator - Institute for Global Studies
  • Program Coordinator - Center for German and European Studies
  • Native English Teacher - English Program in Korea

Experienced

  • Graduate Program Coordinator - University of Minnesota
  • Writing Center Coordinator and ESL Instructor - Quality Leadership University, Louisville
  • Social Studies Teacher - Hardy Middle School*
  • Admissions Manager - Rasmussen College
  • Academic Adviser - University of Minnesota*
  • Career Counselor, University of Minnesota*
  • Elementary School Teacher - St. Anthony Elementary School*
  • ELL Teacher - Osseo Area Schools

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Social Studies Education - Teachers College of Columbia University
  • MA, Teaching - University of St. Thomas
  • MA, English as a Second Language, K-12 ESL Licensure - Hamline University
Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism & Communications

Internships

  • Communications and Outreach Intern - Growth & Justice
  • New Face Intern - Vision Management Group, Inc
  • Photography Intern - City Pages
  • Media and Education Coordinator - Other Worlds

Entry-Level

  • Writer/Translator - Surtrek Tour Operator
  • Underwriting Director - Radio K, KUOM: Real College Radio
  • Government News Reporter - The Winchester Star
  • Associate Brand Manager - Procter & Gamble

Experienced

  • Social Media & Communications Consultant - Minnesota Innocence Project
  • Lead Writer and Producer, Environment Reports - The Institute on the Environment
  • Commercial Department Leader - Procter & Gamble
  • Global Marketing Manager - H.B. Fuller

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Strategic Communication - University of Minnesota
Technology, Data, & Analytics

Internships

  • Information Technology Intern - Deloitte

Entry-Level

  • Project-Based Research Consultant - Ergo
  • Business Development and Account Manager - Amerilab Technologies
  • IT Program Director - Optum

Experienced

  • Data and Print Technician - Maximum Graphics
  • Marketing/Web Development - CAD Technology Center
  • Senior Business Development Coordinator - Amerilab Technologies, Inc.
  • Sr. IT Support Director - UnitedHealthcare Global*

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Information Architecture - Illinois Institute of Technology
Government, Law, Public Policy, & International Affairs

Internships

  • Intern - US Attorney's Office
  • Development Intern - Council on Crime and Justice
  • Press Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Legal Intern, Schmidt Law Firm
  • Intern, United States of America, Department of State, Foreign Service Institute, The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations
  • Match Granting/Employment Intern, The International Institute of Minnesota
  • Marketing & Program Advisement Intern, World Endeavors
  • Recruitment Intern - DAI
  • Intern - Grupo FARO
  • Community Program Intern - Global Minnesota

Entry-Level

  • First Lieutenant, Platoon Leader - US Army
  • Law Clerk - Crowley, Hoge, & Fein
  • Legal Secretary - Fredrikson & Byron
  • Volunteer Program Developer - Americorps VISTA
  • Paralegal - Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Economic Development Specialist - United Nations Institute for Training & Research (UNITAR)

Experienced

  • Captain/Commanding Officer - US Army
  • Counsel - Cravo Pastl e Balbuena Associated Attorneys*
  • Immigration Paralegal - Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Senior Maritime Infrastructure Advisor - Committee on the Marine Transportation System

Graduate Programs

  • JD - University of Minnesota
  • Masters in Public Policy Management - University of Maryland
  • JD - Americans University, Master of Laws Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía
  • MA, Public Policy - University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • MS, Water Policy - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Health & Science

Internships

  • Caregiver - Self-employed
  • Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

Entry-Level

  • First Floor Assistant - Presbyterian Homes
  • Recruiter - ACR Homes
  • Human Service Technician (Direct Care Employee) - Meriwether Ventures

Experienced

  • Health Improvement Manager - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Global Research and Training Coordinator - Center for Global Health
  • Global Marketing Manager, Structural Heart - Medtronic
  • Senior Pharmacy Technologist - Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota*

Graduate Programs

  • MPH - University of Minnesota
  • MPH, International Public Health - Boston University
  • Ph.D., Nursing - University of Minnesota

*Further education and/or training is often required