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Global Studies

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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Global Studies majors
Where they got hired: Global Studies, Class of 2012 

Overview of major

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major based in four disciplines: economics, history, political science and sociology. Global Studies offers excellent preparation for entry-level employment with multinational corporations, government agencies, international governmental organizations, such as the U.N. and the World Trade Organization, and international nongovernmental organizations. It also provides a foundation for graduate study in international and global studies, the social sciences, law, business, journalism, public health, environmental studies, peace studies, and other interdisciplinary fields.


Potential job titles

  • Citizen Outreach Specialist
  • Marketing Communications Associate
  • Insurance Agent
  • Financial Representative
  • International Lawyer
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Community Engagement Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Program Coordinator
  • Management Consultant
  • Paralegal
  • Sociology Professor
  • Urban and Regional Planner

Examples of internships

  • The Pentagon
  • Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
  • United Way of Central Maryland
  • World Trade Center Institute
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • Greenpeace
  • World Health Organization
  • CNN
  • U.S. Department of State
  • The World Bank
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy

Possible career fields

Criminal justice

  • Corrections
  • Rehabilitation
  • Judiciary
  • Law enforcement


  • Public policy
  • Research
  • Urban & regional planning
  • Policy analysis
  • Social statistics
  • Intelligence
  • Foreign service
  • Public administration
  • Legislative, executive, or judicial services

Law & politics

  • Elected or appointed leadership
  • Campaign management
  • Staff administration
  • Special interest advocacy



  • Sales
  • Training & development
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Human resources

Banking & finance 

Human services & healthcare 


Possible work settings

  • Schools
  • Government
  • Corporations
  • Non-profits
  • Law firms
  • Banks & financial institutions
  • Court systems
  • Consulting firms
  • Public interest/Advocacy groups
  • Product & service companies
  • Health agencies
  • Newspapers, magazines & news agencies
  • Research firms
  • Insurance firms

Important skills and abilities

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Active listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict resolution
  • Research & planning
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Foreign language
  • Analytical
  • Writing
  • Interpersonal
  • Statistical

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Environmental Careers in the 21st Century (ENV Section)
  • The Eco Guide to Careers that Make a Difference (ENV Section)
  • Opportunities in Foreign Language Careers (FL Section)
  • Careers in Law (H/PS Section)
  • Great Jobs for History Majors (H/PS Section)
  • An Insider’s Guide to Political Jobs in Washington (GOV Section)
  • Going Global: Country Career Guide (INT Section)
  • Job Surfing: Working Abroad (INT Section)
  • LSAT Prep (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by Global Studies majors

  • JD
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Arts in International Relations
  • Master of Environmental Management
  • Master of Public Policy
  • MBA

Where they got hired: Global Studies, Class of 2012

The Career Center at Loyola University Maryland conducts an annual follow-up survey with new Loyola graduates between six and nine months after Commencement to paint a comprehensive picture of the professional paths each class has chosen. Nearly 80 percent of the class of 2012 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2012 global studies majors were hired or went on to graduate school:


Assumption University of Thailand – assistant lecturer
Catholic Guardian Society and Home Bureau – development associate
Community Access Unlimited – community organizer/program specialist
Eagle Real Estate, LLC – CFO financial assistant/agent
Kinetic Health Services – sales representative
Maryland Insurance Administration – market data analyst
Optoro, Inc. – business development associate
St. Gabriel's College – teacher
The Corrymeela Community – one-year volunteer
The Pew Charitable Trusts – program assistant, philanthropic partnership group
TJX – allocation analyst
U.S. Air Force – intelligence officer

Graduate/Professional Schools

Duke University – Paralegal Specialist Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
Monterey Institute of International Studies – International Policy

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