International Studies

Have you always seen yourself working in an international career, whether for an organization, a government or a business? Do you want to make a difference on the international stage once out of the classroom and in the real world? The International Studies major will expose you to key issues of debate in today’s international system and society. You will undertake a multidisciplinary approach as you gain understanding of the interaction of politics and policy, law and diplomacy and their influence on contemporary realities. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of more than fifty educational institutions around the world.

Career Options in International Studies

Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in International Studies. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers an International Studies degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of International Studies than others.

  • Author
  • Activist
  • Children’s Rights Advocate
  • Community Worker
  • Corporate Responsibility Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Economist
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Foreign Business Advocate
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Historian
  • Human Rights Specialist
  • Immigration Officer
  • International Business Advisor
  • Industrial Relations Consultant
  • International Aid Director
  • International Development Worker
  • Journalist
  • Judge
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Macroeconomic Financial Analyst
  • Media Correspondent
  • Mediator
  • Paralegal
  • Politician
  • Professor
  • Public Policy Analyst/Strategist
  • Regional Consultant
  • Social Justice Commissioner
  • Social Program Director
  • Speech Writer
  • Think Tank Researcher
  • UN Representative

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.