Graduates from Western Michigan University's global and international studies program are trained to think critically about the connections between global and local issues. They gain the interdisciplinary tools and perspectives to work toward solutions. Graduates may work in the corporate, government, health care, education or nonprofit sectors.

Alexandria White Major: global and international studies Status: graduated

"I feel that with this degree I have been opened up to so many opportunities. I can now go around the world and teach English as a foreign language for a while, then maybe go work for an embassy, join the Peace Corps and go the non-profit , or maybe even work in global tourism. I also have a great basis to start my Master's degree in Global economic development, journalism, or maybe take my classes from my IB minor further into an International Business master. Either way, the degree has been a great way for me to start off any path I choose to take because the way the world works these days and how everything we do is so interconnected."

Alexandria White, global and international studies graduate

Upon graduation, our majors may take the following next steps in their career in:

  • Entry level positions in business, politics and government.
  • Graduate studies in many different fields, including urban planning, development studies and higher education administration.
  • Service work including Peace Corps and Teach for America.
  • Teaching English abroad.
  • Professional studies such as law school, medical and culinary school.

Western Michigan University's office of Career and Student Employment Services is your partner for career development, offering one-on-one help in exploring career options. It is a great first stop for global and international studies majors and minors approaching graduation.

The global and international studies program also offers advising related to careers. Whether you are a first-year student exploring the major, a junior searching for an internship or a recent graduate looking for opportunities, our office looks forward to working with you.