What Can I Do with a Major in International Studies?

This interdisciplinary major provides a broad foundation for understanding and analyzing issues within an international context. More specifically, this major consists of four principle components:

  1. A series of core courses covering international politics, economics, anthropology, political geography, and diplomatic history;
  2. Student-selected regional or thematic emphases in which students take a minimum of twelve hours generally in three different fields;
  3. Achieving a fourth-year proficiency in a foreign language (third-year proficiency in certain languages);
  4. At least one semester of study abroad.

Students often combine their major in international studies with other majors such as anthropology, economics, history, geography, political science, or one of the foreign languages. Students may also be interested in area study minors (e.g., European area studies, East Asian studies, Latin American studies), skills minors (e.g., statistics, linguistics), and minors within a discipline (e.g., teaching English as a second language, geography, political science, foreign language).


An interest in understanding international politics, cultures, economics and issues. A desire to become fluent in another language, improve cross-cultural relations and to increase competency in using the English language. A view of the world from "global citizen" point of view


Project Development

Designing projects
Organizing ideas/materials
Testing an idea/hypothesis
Observing people
Planning & administering programs
Reviewing/evaluating projects or ideas


Developing/generating ideas
Problem solving
Developing new agendas for old problems
Interfacing with community areas

Human Relations

Understanding & interpreting other cultures
Sensitivity to cultural perceptions/viewpoints
Clarifying others' thoughts and ideas


Translating ideas/languages
Explaining other cultures
Speaking to groups
Writing clearly
Composing & expressing thoughts
Describing & evaluating issues/problems/events
Reading/understanding ideas


Comparing ideas/translations
Analyzing data
Gathering information
Examining all pertinent evidence

Opportunities - Careers


Activities coordinator
Overseas service agent
Program assistant
Peace Corps volunteer
Community agency administrator
Congressional staff member
Program coordinator
Immigration inspector
Intelligence researcher
Probate para legal
Foreign service officer
United Nations guide
Intelligence agent
Foreign area specialist
Consular assistant

Human Services

Activity coordinator
Affirmative action officer
Fund raiser
Philanthropic foundation administrator
Social welfare worker
Teacher/bilingual education/English as a second language


Associate editor
Foreign correspondent
Visual aids reviewer


Marketing assistant
Administrative assistant
Sales representative
Executive secretary
Creative director/assistant manager
Export documentation agent
Office administrator
Export manager
Sales coordinator
International money transfer specialist
Associate buyer
Assistant purchaser
International banker
International hotel manager
Consultant/cross cultural relations
Public relations representative
Advertising copywriter
Travel agent/tour guide
Export/import sales manager
Commodities broker
Insurance claims adjuster
Foundation representative
Staff development representative/international assignments
Banking associate


Program coordinator
Public relations liaison
Fund raiser

Note: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.

Opportunities - Graduate/Professional School

Students may choose to continue their education in international affairs, or they may study other areas such as foreign language, education, business, law or one of the social sciences.

Opportunities - Experiential

The international education programs organized by Miami University include the Luxembourg Program, German Summer Study in Heidelberg and Berlin, Italian Summer Study in Urbino, French Summer Study in Dijon, Business and Economics Summer Study in London or Austria, and Summer Study in Ghana. Miami also participates in a variety of exchange agreements with foreign universities which Miami students may be able to attend. Other opportunities include living in an international environment in Wells or Clawson Hall, and becoming involved with the International Club and the International Association of Students in Economics and Business (AIESEC).

Sources of Additional Information

International Studies Program (124 MacMillan Hall, 529-5333)

  • Curriculum Requirements
  • Career Opportunities

Study Abroad (216 MacMillan Hall, 529-5628)

  • Program Selection
  • Preparation for Study Abroad
  • Opportunities upon Return

Career Services (200 Hoyt Hall, 529-3831)

  • Career Resource Center
  • Career Counseling
  • Career Assistance Center
  • Computerized Career Development Program
  • Dictionary of Occupational Titles
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook

Arts and Science Academic Advising (146 Upham Hall, 529-3031)

  • Miami Plan & College of Arts and Science Requirements
  • Course Selection
  • Career Decision Making

Developed by the College of Arts and Science Advising Office and the academic departmental offices with adaptations from Liberal Arts and Sciences - Skills - Career Opportunities, Career Planning and Placement Office, University of Michigan.