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What can I do with a major in Global Studies?

A Global Studies major prepares students for postgraduate education as well as preparation to work in any field such as international business, law, government and non-governmental service, social services, natural sciences, health fields, education, etc.


These are some of the potential opportunities:

Career paths:

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  • communications specialists
  • consultant
  • cultural anthropologists
  • cultural diversity trainers
  • development experts
  • diplomacy careers
  • editors/publicists
  • environmental specialists
  • FBI agent
  • foreign service officers
  • foreign study coordinators
  • foreign exchange specialists
  • geographers
  • higher education professional
  • hospitality industry specialist
  • human resource manager
  • human rights associates
  • humanitarian relief worker
  • import/export agent
  • insurance specialists
  • intelligence specialists
  • international global activists
  • international law careers
  • international news writers/journalists
  • international sales representatives/managers
  • international security specialists
  • international project manager
  • international trade specialists
  • international student advisors
  • interpreter
  • journalist
  • lawyer
  • legal assistant
  • lobbyist
  • marketing analysts
  • multiculturalism experts
  • museum & cultural arts personnel
  • natural resource management careers
  • philanthropic agency officer/manager
  • political/policy analysts
  • professor
  • program officers/managers for international non-profits and NGOs
  • public relations careers
  • research assistants
  • social studies and language teachers
  • social worker
  • teacher
  • teachers of English as a second language (ESL)
  • trade specialist
  • travel and tourism
  • United Nations officer
  • World Health Organization officer

photo of students in human pyramidSkills you acquire with this major
The preparation provided in this degree program aligns with what many employers list as desirable abilities of recent graduates that includes:

  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Plan, organize and prioritize work
  • Effective verbal, written communication
  • Ability to obtain, process information
  • Ability to analyze quantitative data
  • Proficiency with computer software
  • Ability to create, edit written reports
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages


Photo of nurse with babyPublic Service Opportunities
If you’re interested in doing volunteer work related to this major, the Boise State Service-Learning Center can help you find a related volunteer position. By volunteering in the community, you work for a good cause, explore career options, gain experience, and build your professional network.