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International Studies Majors

What are you going to do with your major?

Remember, a liberal arts degree opens a vast array of career choicesand opportunities. Your degree has prepared you to approach problemsanalytically, think critically about ideas, research, organize yourthoughts, and write about your findings. Your only limitation isthinking that you are only qualified for the traditional jobs in aselected major.

 “The international community is an elastic notion that varies, depending on the problem you are talking about and where you are.”
—Lakhdar Brahimi

The following books are available in the Career Center ResourceLibrary (Seegers Union, lower level). The locations of these booksare next to the title with the section number:
  • Opportunities in Overseas Careers- Blythe Camenson (INTL)
  • Careers in International Business- Edward J. Halloran (INTL)
  • Careers in International Affairs (Seventh Edition)- Maria P. Carland & Lisa A. Gihring (INTL)
  • Jobs and Careers Abroad - Deborah Penrith (INTL)
  • Work Abroad: the Complete Guide to Finding a Job Overseas- Clay Hubbs  (INTL)
  • International Job Finder: Where the Jobs are Worldwide- Daniel Lauber with Kraig Rice (INTL)
  • Careers in the Nonprofit Sector - Stephanie Lowell (INTL)
  • Inside A U.S. Embassy- American Foreign Service Association (GOV/LAW)
  • Best Resumes and CVs for International Jobs-  Ronald L. Krannick, Ph.D., & Wendy S. Enelow   (INTL)
Other Career Center resources:
  • This Handout available on theCareer Center website or in the Career Center Resource Library.
  • What Can I Do With this Major? Additional Information and Links are available at:
  • Muhlenberg Career Network, a databaseaccessible from the career library computer that provides contactinformation for Muhlenberg alumni who have volunteered to helpstudents with their career goals.
  Examples of JobsHeld by International Studies Majors:
  • Senior Manager (American Express Company)
  • Export Administrator (McCormick and Company, Inc.)
  • Assisstant Director of Operations (The Nature Conservatory)
  • Attorney (Department of Homeland Security - US Customs and Border Patrol)
  • French Teacher (The American School of Warsaw)
  • Sales Representative for Industrial Engineer (HPI Sales)
  • Bilingual Probation Officer (State of New Jersey)
  • Federal Regulatory Affairs Officer (American Psychological Association)
  • Associate Dean of Continuing Studies (University of Richmond)
  • Event Coordinator (Chef's Expressions)
  • Program Director (YWCA of Bethlehem)
  • Associate (MetLife)

Graduate Programs:
  • Career Center:
        Peterson’s Graduate Programs in Humanities 2004 (GRAD)
    Peterson’s Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (GRAD)

Faculty Resources

  Advisors in Muhlenberg International Studies Department are excellent resources to find out professions in the International Studies field and other careers purued by International Studies majors. In addition, advisors are willing to explore graduate school opportunities and options. Advisors for the Pre-law program are also great resources to discuss the possibility of law school.
Professional Association:
  A Promotes research and education about international affairs, representing 80 countries with thousands of members worldwide.
  A non-profit organization devoted to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. Provides independent publications, forums, and programs to bring awareness of foreign policy to the public.
  A professional organization promoting international research, a strengthened professional environment, and raising standards within the profession.
Journals and Publications:
  Official journal of the International Studies Association.
  A Sage publication. A scholarly journal publishing original research articles relevant to and current in the field of international studies.
  Offers listings of governmental and some nongovernmental careers available to those interested in international relations.
  Amember-only site listing hundreds of jobs in democracy building, governance, foreign policy, and jobs for attorneys overseas.
  Part of the NATO Partership for Peace. Information about security affairs as they impact international relations.
  Information about the structure and work of the U.N. News, documents, and departmental informaion are also available on this site.
  Provides technical and financial assisstance to developing countries worldwide, working for a world free of poverty.
  A global, international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations.
  Offers academic programs for college students in Spain, France, Italy, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, England, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Chile. Helps students to gain a cultural understanding and independence while abroad to make the most of their study abroad experience.
  This site is for people seeking employment opportunities int eh non-profit sector and allows you to search for jobs, organizations, or internships.
  An independent, international organization committed to improving the sate of the world with initiatives such as a Disaster Resource Network, Global Education Initiative, adn Humanitarian Relief Initiative, to name a few.

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Last Revised March 25, 2008
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