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Careers for International Studies Majors

What is an international studies major?

The University of Denver's program in international studies focuses on providing students with exposure to world views, which shape perceptions concerning the future, and prescriptions for action by individuals.

See the international career field resources section.

Common careers for international studies majors:

With a deep understanding of demographics, energy, international economics and international politics, many international studies majors go on to study government, business, education and nonprofit industries.

Common job titles held by these international studies majors include:

  • administrative officer
  • interpreters
  • agricultural economist
  • journalism
  • broadcasting
  • legal officers
  • consular officer
  • librarian
  • cultural affairs officer
  • management consulting
  • demographer
  • nonprofit organizer
  • economic officer
  • Peace Corp
  • economist
  • political officer
  • foreign affairs analyst
  • political risk analyst
  • intelligence researcher
  • population studies
  • international banking
  • press officer
  • international education
  • program economist
  • international law
  • programs officer
  • international marketing
  • researcher
  • international relations
  • translators
  • international trade
  • UN guides

Professional skills of international studies majors:

In addition to the careers listed above, international studies majors are well-suited to fields that require the following skills:

  • interest/tolerance of different cultures/societies
  • ability to read/analyze
  • appreciation of diverse views
  • understanding of world events
  • ability to work well with a variety of different people
  • research skills
  • ability to learn foreign languages
  • understanding of political influences

Is an international studies major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in international studies? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire international studies majors and alumni who majored in international studies.