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Global Studies & International Relations Careers

Experiential learning and a strong academic foundation combine to prepare Global Studies majors for a breadth of international studies careers. Global Studies majors gain cultural, linguistic and interdisciplinary skills that are valuable in many contexts — from international corporations to educational institutions and governmental organizations. Global Studies is a good major for students who want to address global issues and make a difference in communities both locally and around the world.

At Drexel, Global Studies majors gain real-world skills by applying their studies from day one — from serving as a U.S. student ambassador at the World’s Fair, to working in international development at a European law firm, to assisting with refugee resettlement in Philadelphia and conducting research alongside our faculty experts.


What you can do with a degree in Global Studies spans many industries and fields. Global Studies majors prepare for international relations careers in government, politics, law, communications, advocacy, media studies, modern languages and many more!

Careers with a Global Studies degree include:

  • Lawyer
  • Government Official
  • Business Consultant
  • Public Health Expert
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Political Analyst
  • Media Consultant
  • Marketing Director
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • International Event Planner
  • Social Science Researcher
  • International Education Administrator
  • Museum Curator


Drexel’s Global Studies curriculum is designed with four thematic concentrations to help students gain a depth of knowledge in their field of interest. The curriculum is also flexible enough to allow students to explore the many facets of what you can do with a degree in Global Studies. Global Studies majors can prepare for specific international relations career paths starting with their choice of concentration.

International Economic Relations Jobs

The Business, Economics and Development concentration equips students with knowledge of international development programs and world economies, along with a liberal arts focus that distinguishes it from traditional business school programs. Students take advanced language courses tailored to international business and gain cultural perspectives of international agencies and business ethics — excellent preparation for international relations careers in business, development, the global economy and more.

Global Health & Sustainability Jobs

Investigating topics such as environmental science, international public health, development and sustainability, Global Studies majors in the Global Health and Sustainability concentration gain technical skills based in a social science and humanities education. This is ideal for international relations careers in public health, social services, environmental sustainability and more. Students interested in global health jobs may also be interested in pursuing our accelerated BA Global Studies + Master’s in Public Health degree.

International Human Rights Jobs

International relations careers focused on justice and human rights require a grounding in the judicial practices and operations of entities such as nongovernmental organizations. The Global Justice and Human Rights concentration is ideal for Global Studies majors interested in careers in global welfare, international law, human rights advocacy, international peacekeeping and more.

Global Arts, Cultural & Media Jobs

Students in the Global Arts, Cultural and Media concentration gain a heightened understanding of cultural, linguistic and artistic practices associated with diverse communities. This concentration is ideal for international studies careers in cultural institutions, translation, media studies, international education and more.


Recent Drexel Global Studies majors have gone on to competitive law schools such as Harvard Law, international research fellowships such as the Boren and Friedman fellowships, and careers in politics, government, communications and related international studies careers. Interested in applying to the Global Studies program? Apply now, or visit our campus to learn more about the application process at Drexel.

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!