A Career in Global Studies

Economics

Individuals who have earned a degree in economics have learned about business cycles and consumer choice and have developed the analytical skills that are needed in every industry. Positions are often found in the financial sector, federal, state and local governments, and colleges and universities.

Some potential career choices are:

  • Bank Manager
  • Economist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Statistician

Geography

Geography majors examine how people and the physical environment interact on the Earth’s surface, seeking to explain the various patterns found throughout the world. Expanded use of digital maps, satellite imagery and systems analysis in numerous fields has increased demand for geographic analysis throughout the economy. Geography offers a wide variety of career opportunities in business, government and education and in both the public and private sectors.

Some potential career choices are:

  • Environmental Analyst
  • Urban/Regional/Town Planner
  • Geographer
  • Spatial Systems Analyst for private sector or government agencies
  • Emergency Management
  • Traffic Controller
  • Business Location and Marketing Analyst
  • Agricultural Analyst
  • Satellite Image Processor
  • Geographic Information Scientist
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Green Technologies

History

In the study of history, students gain an understanding of the world today by exploring the changing facets of societies – their politics, economics, arts, religion and family structure – over time. There are numerous career choices for individuals with a history degree, including careers in journalism, government research, public administration, historic preservation and teaching. Additionally, history is one of the most popular majors for students wishing to enter law school.

Some potential career choices are:

  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Educator
  • Genealogist
  • Historian
  • Lawyer

Political Science

Political science is the study of governments — their procedures and policies — and the political behavior of citizens and public officials. Students who study political science acquire the ability to conceptualize, to think analytically and to communicate effectively. These skills are good preparation for positions in government service at the federal, state or local level, lobbying with special interest groups or businesses policy research, journalism and campaign work.

Some potential career choices are:

  • Campaign Staffer
  • Congressional/Legislative Aide
  • Legislator
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Pollster

On the Web

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