International Studies graduates are well positioned to take jobs in fields related to International Development and Humanitarian Assistance around the world. Not only do graduates have the cross-cultural competencies and experience learning another language to thrive in an international setting, many have also gained relevant work experience through research with professors and local and international internships. They are ready to work for local or international non-governmental organizations, service-delivery agencies, and the United Nations.
Something that was stressed often throughout my International Studies courses was learning from multiple perspectives. Whether it was discussing comparative politics or writing a literature review for my honors thesis, it was important to capture the full picture from all angles. This is something that I strive to do everyday. For me to be an effective advocate for my clients when they apply for humanitarian relief, it is necessary to remember that my clients have grown up in a completely different environment than my own, with a unique culture and set of values.
See below a list of courses that are required for INST majors and are relevant for this career path:
See below a list of examples of elective courses that count towards the INST major and are relevant for this career path:
In addition to the INST major, you can take courses from other programs in SU, and may obtain an additional major or minor. See below a list of potential minors and/or courses that are relevant for this career path (some of these courses have prerequisites. Please consult with SU Catalog)
Non-profit and Public Administration Minor
A degree in International Studies makes you career-ready by practicing the skills and competencies that employers and organizations are looking for. Find out more.
Our International Studies degree prepares you for a wide and flexible range of careers on graduating. Find out what career pathways are common among our alumni.
Our International Studies degree prepares you for further studies in a variety of disciplines. Find out what our graduates have gone on to study.
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"I learned to respectfully relate with people from other cultures, while adapting to their social norms." Ruth Yohannes '19
Felipe Murtinho, PhD
Student Executive Council (SEC) Representative