A liberal arts education prepares you for the challenges of a changing and unpredictable world, equipping you with the skills to communicate, debate, solve problems and think critically. Here's a sampling of careers paths for international studies majors.

First Jobs

Financial consultant, RBC Dain Rauscher, Stamford, Connecticut

Production assistant, Tomorrow Films, Beverly Hills, California

Program coordinator, The Fresh Air Fund, New York

Small business development assistant, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Washington

English teacher, France

Peace Corps, West Africa

Development coordinator/assistant to the vice president & director, Brookings Institution

Junior fellow for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Japan Studies Program

Fulbright English teaching assistant in Madrid, Spain

Spanish teacher, Pomfret School, Connecticut

Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award recipient and developer of a library and literacy tutoring program, Nairobi, Kenya

Bilingual assistant, Middlebury Chinese Summer School, Middlebury, Vermont

English teacher, Peace Corps, Mongolia

English teaching assistant, Fulbright, Malaysia

Law, technical, and legal writing specialist, Hudson Immigration, Pittsburgh


Managing director, David Stine Woodworking, Dow, Illinois

Latin American analyst, U.S. Department of State, Washington

Freelance writer, Giant Squid Productions, Tacoma, Washington

Red Cross board of directors, American Red Cross, Greenwich, Connecticut

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington

Pediatrician, The Floating Hospital, New York

VP for finance and administration, Oberlin College, Avon Lake, Ohio

Counterterrorism analyst, Department of Defense, Washington

Senior writer, Investigations, CNN, Denver, Colorado