What Can I Do with a Major in International Studies?

This broad-based, interdisciplinary major helps you to understand and analyze important issues within an international and multicultural context. Many other universities specialize in one region of the world, but Miami's program is broad-based, giving you an overall world view.

International Studies majors*:

  • plan and administer programs
  • develop solutions to emerging global problems
  • understand and interpret other cultures
  • translate ideas and languages

The most common areas of employment for international studies graduates are in public service (non-profit organizations and government), business (marketing, banking, and transportation), and education and language (translation and teaching). Those who want to work abroad usually spend several years in U.S. assignments before working overseas.

Career options for International Studies graduates include**:

  • research analyst
  • foreign service and diplomatic staff
  • international development consultant
  • management consultant
  • international journalist
  • global trade and finance analyst
  • humanitarian and non-governmental organization manager
  • preparation for advanced degrees in social sciences, area studies, law, business, and related fields

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that International Studies majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to International Studies majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.