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:


  •  Intelligence Officer, US Air Force
  • Complex Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services
  • English Language Instructor (Colombia), World Teach
  • Program Assistant, Syrian Expatriate Organization
  • Research Assistant, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • Communications Specialist, Books for Africa
  • Staff and Research Assistant, US Senate
  • Research Coordinator, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Analyst, Wells Fargo Mortgage

Graduate School

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:


  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • University of Wisconsin School of Law
  • University of Chicago Committee on International Relations
  • New York University Center for Global Affairs
  • Vermont School of Law
  • University of Minnesota Law School and Humphrey Institute
  • George Mason University Biodefense Program
  • Case Western Reserve School of Law