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What Can I do with an International Studies Degree?

Receiving a degree in International Studies qualifies you to work in a diverse field, including government, Intergovernmental Organizations, Non-governmental Organizations, the private sector, and academia. This diverse field presents many opportunities to the International Studies graduate, with careers spanning the globe. Having an International Studies degree allows students to become highly marketable and competitive in these sectors.

The careers that the degrees in International Studies at Texas State prepare an individual for include foreign service, international business, homeland security, immigration and customs, international intelligence analysts, international news reporting, international management, transportation specialists, export businesses, international communications, armed forces, humanitarian and refugee assistance, and many other exciting jobs.

The job market of the future is linked to the increasing phenomena of globalization. As globalization continues, the demand for internationally aware individuals will only increase. Whether you plan to work and live in the United States or abroad, the skills you receive from a degree in International Studies are invaluable.

International Studies-Career Guide (PDF, 225 KB)

This guide allows students to explore the different career options within and outside the country.

Job Titles of Recent Alumni

Account Manager
Aerospace Service Administrator
Army Analyst
Assistant Secretary of State (Texas)
Bank Examiner
Case Coordinator
Computer Sales Associate
Customer Service Manager
Customs Broker (Imports)
Deputy Director for Joint Operations
ESL & Spanish Teacher
Executive Assistant
Expatriate Associate
Expatriate Representative
Financial Analyst
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Recruiter
Foreign Service Officer
Geo-Political Analyst
Humanitarian Affairs Advocate
International Human Resource Specialist
International Data Processing
International Lawyer
International Sales Administrator
International Sales Specialist
International Trade Specialist
Linguist Supervisor
Litigation Manager
Management Analyst
Managing Director
Marketing Director
Membership Director
Marketing Director
Online Education Coordinator
Project Coordinator
Sales Manager
Secretary of State (Texas)
Senior Sales Support Specialist
Senior Study Abroad Advisor
Technical Engineer
Third Secretary & Vice Consul
Trade Assistant
Trade Specialist
Travel Industry Coordinator
United States Diplomat

Companies and Agencies where Alumni are Employed

Access USA
Advanced Micro-Devices, Dresden, Germany
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Haur and Feld Law Firm
Air Security International, Houston, TX
Alaska Airlines, Seattle
American Cancer Society, Austin
American Embassy, Gabon
American Embassy, Sophia, Bulgaria
Apple Computing, Austin
The Baltic Times, Lithuania
BE & K, Houston, TX
CIA, Washington, D.C.
Dell Computer Corporation
Defense Intelligence Agency
Ecologic, Cambridge, MA
Ernst and Young, Dallas
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Fina Oil Corporation
Global Marine Sales & Marketing, Corpus Christi, TX
Heno & Hinders, L.L.C., San Antonio
Hyatt Regency, DFW Airport
Imaging Spectrum, New Braunfels
International Data Processing, Acuna, Mexico
International Revenue Service
ManTech International Corporation
Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., Austin, TX
MCI Worldcom
Meridian Mercantile Company
Mining Technologies International, Denver, CO
Micromain Corporation, Austin
National Instruments, Sweden
Office of the U.S. Vice-President, Washington, D.C.
Oswego State University, Oswego, N.Y.
Paule Friedland Agency, Paris, France
Phelps Dodge Corp., Phoenix, AZ
Public Strategies, Inc., Austin, TX
Refugees International, Washington, D.C.
Royal & Sunalliance, Charlotte, N.C.
Save the Children, Washington, D.C.
State of Texas
STL Logistics, Elgin, TX
Texas Bar Association, Austin, TX
Texas Department of Economic Development
Texas Department of Mental Health
Texas Department of State, Austin
Texas Governor’s Office, Austin
Texas Travel Industry Association, Austin
Tower Group International, Atlanta
Trimble Aerospace, Austin
U.S. Airforce
U.S. Army
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
USAA, San Antonio
USA Managed Care Organization, Inc., Austin
Walt Disney World
The White House Office, Washington, D.C.
Wonderland Schools, Seoul, Korea
World Affairs Council of San Antonio
World Bank Group, Washington, D.C.
World Cancer Research Fund, London, England