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The Global Studies B.A. is an interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences degree that helps to prepare students for a wide variety of career paths. Check out the multitude of careers available through the Employment Board Portals below. Each of the portals listed offer unique opportunities to Global Studies majors, from international development and healthcare to environmental policy and intelligence analysis. In conjunction with what is offered here, Global Studies majors are strongly encouraged to make use of the UMBC Career Center so you can start planning your life beyond UMBC.

Employment Board Portals

Aid Board Federal Agency Recruiting Links UN Careers
America Jobs Idealist USAJobs
Analyst Jobs Jobs4Development  U.S. Intelligence Community
DevNet Jobs NGO Jobs Online Washington Post JOBS




Top Industries for Global Studies Majors

Federal Agencies and Departments
Central Intelligence Agency U.S. Agency for International Development
Defense Intelligence Agency U.S. Department of Defense
Federal Bureau of Investigation U.S. Department of Homeland Security
National Security Agency U.S. Department of State
International Development Companies
Banyan Global Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Chemonics Development Alternatives Incorporated
Non-government Organizations
Doctors Without Borders Human Rights Watch
International Crisis Group Population Services International
International Rescue Committee Reporters Without Borders
Non-profit Organizations
ACDI/VOCA Middle East Institute
Charity: Water National Public Radio
Global Communities Results for Development Institute
International Justice Mission TechnoServe
Think Tanks
American Institutes for Research Henry L. Stimson Center
The Brookings Institution Migration Policy Institute
The Carter Center National Bureau of Asian Research
Cato Institute National Endowment for Democracy
Center for International Policy Rand Corporation
Center for Naval Analyses The Solidarity Center
Council on Foreign Relations Washington Office on Latin America
Freedom House World Economic Forum
United Nations Agencies
Food and Agriculture Organization United Nations Organization
International Labor Organization World Bank Group
International Monetary Fund World Health Organization


For an excellent introductory guide to career paths related to Global Studies, students should consult Careers in International Affairs, 9th edition, Georgetown University Press, 2014.