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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.

Job Titles of Recent Alumni

Account Manager
Assistant Secretary of State (Texas)
Case Coordinator
Customs Broker (Imports)
Executive Assistant
Financial Analyst
Geo-Political Analyst
International Data Processing
International Sales Specialist
Litigation Manager
Marketing Director
Online Education Coordinator
Secretary of State (Texas)
Trade Assistant
United States Diplomat

Aerospace Service Administrator
Computer Sales Associate
Deputy Director for Joint Operations
Expatriate Associate
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Recruiter
Humanitarian Affairs Advocate
International Lawyer
International Trade Specialist
Management Analyst
Membership Director
Project Coordinator
Senior Sales Support Specialist
Technical Engineer
Trade Specialist

Army Analyst
Bank Examiner
Customer Service Manager
ESL & Spanish Teacher
Expatriate Representative
Foreign Service Officer
International Human Resource Specialist
International Sales Administrator
Linguist Supervisor
Managing Director
Marketing Director
Sales Manager
Senior Study Abroad Advisor
Third Secretary & Vice Consul
Travel Industry Coordinator

Companies and Agencies where Alumni are Employed

Access USA

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Haur and Feld Law Firm

Alaska Airlines, Seattle

American Embassy, Gabon

Apple Computing, Austin

BE & K, Houston, TX

Dell Computer Corporation

Ecologic, Cambridge, MA

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Global Marine Sales & Marketing, Corpus Christi, TX

Hyatt Regency, DFW Airport

International Data Processing, Acuna, Mexico

ManTech International Corporation

MCI Worldcom

Mining Technologies International, Denver, CO

National Instruments, Sweden

Oswego State University, Oswego, N.Y.

Phelps Dodge Corp., Phoenix, AZ

Refugees International, Washington, D.C.

Save the Children, Washington, D.C.

STL Logistics, Elgin, TX

Texas Department of Economic Development

Texas Department of State, Austin

Texas Travel Industry Association, Austin

Trimble Aerospace, Austin

U.S. Airforce

U.S. Department of Commerce

USAA, San Antonio

Walt Disney World

Wonderland Schools, Seoul, Korea

World Bank Group, Washington, D.C

Advanced Micro-Devices, Dresden, Germany

Air Security International, Houston, TX

American Cancer Society, Austin

American Embassy, Sophia, Bulgaria

The Baltic Times, Lithuania

CIA, Washington, D.C.

Defense Intelligence Agency

Ernst and Young, Dallas

Fina Oil Corporation

Heno & Hinders, L.L.C., San Antonio

Imaging Spectrum, New Braunfels

International Revenue Service

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., Austin, TX

Meridian Mercantile Company

Micromain Corporation, Austin

Office of the U.S. Vice-President, Washington, D.C.

Paule Friedland Agency, Paris, France

Public Strategies, Inc., Austin, TX

Royal & Sunalliance, Charlotte, N.C.

State of Texas

Texas Bar Association, Austin, TX

Texas Department of Mental Health

Texas Governor’s Office, Austin

Tower Group International, Atlanta


U.S. Army

U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

USA Managed Care Organization, Inc., Austin

The White House Office, Washington, D.C.

World Affairs Council of San Antonio

World Cancer Research Fund, London, England