An international studies degree opens a number of doors for careers and graduate school, particularly to those students who maximize their on- and off-campus experiences such as study abroad, language study, volunteer work, and activities in related clubs. There is no single career path for international studies majors; rather, the student should expect to discuss their interests and goals with the program director throughout their undergraduate years and focus on gaining expertise relevant to their own areas of interest during and after their undergraduate studies.
Some common career directions pursued by international studies majors include government, the nonprofit sector, military service, and private industry. In recent years, majors have obtained a variety of positions, either following graduation from UST or following graduate school. The following is a sample of positions currently held by recent graduates:
International studies students often attend graduate school, either after graduation from an undergraduate program or after obtaining a few years of work experience (the latter is becoming increasingly common, as top graduate schools favor candidates with work experience.) International studies majors can choose a number of types of graduate programs, based on their own interests. The most common routes include: the Master of Arts in International Affairs, the Master of Arts in Public Policy, the Master of Business Administration, or a law degree. Recent St. Thomas graduates have conducted graduate level study at the following universities, among many others: