Foreign Languages & International Studies
The School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures offers BA degrees, as well as MA and PhD degrees, in several languages. The study of language and literature enhances your ability to understand and communicate with people of other nations and cultures, in addition to developing proficiency in reading, writing, and oral expression.
Global & International Studies
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA in Global & International Studies, as well as a MA. In addition to a set of core International Studies courses, students with this major will also complete coursework in a regional expertise (Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the South Pacific, Europe, South and Central America and the Caribbean, or Russia and Eastern Europe) and coursework in a specialization (Comparative Political and Social Systems, Conflict and Cooperation, Culture, Ethnicity, and Belief Systems, or Political Economy).
Sample of Related Skills
- Apply reading, writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills to address significant issues in the natural and human world based on articulating one’s identity in a global context
- Evaluate and apply diverse perspectives to complex subjects within natural and human systems in the face of multiple and even conflicting positions
- Describe the impact of international events and systems at the regional, national, and local levels in at least one major area of the world
- Demonstrate the skills and confidence necessary to make critical, informed evaluations and judgments about global issues, processes, trends, and policies
- Apply an interdisciplinary methodology to provide new insight into a global issue, process, trend, or policy
- Present a clear and concise account of a global issue, process, trend, or policy
- Demonstrate basic proficiency in a language in addition to English
Popular Career Paths
Business, Commerce, Trade: Uses foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to work with international partners in all aspects of global business, management, banking, and trade.
Communications & Media: Utilizes foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to work for domestic or international employers in the areas of journalism, broadcasting media, communications, public relations, and advertising.
Foreign Relations: Works with US government agencies and international non-profit organizations to inform and enhance relations between countries through foreign diplomacy, intelligence, policy, and law.
International Development & Human Services: Works with US government agencies and non-profit organizations to develop and advocate for economic, political, and social quality-of-life issues on behalf of those living abroad and those immigrating to the US.
Research: Involves conducting research to inform educational programs, policy development, and other educational or political interests.
Teaching/Education Administration: Utilizes foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to build educational systems in developing countries, oversee educational exchange programs for students and educators, and teach language skills domestically or abroad.
Jobs to Consider
- English or Foreign Language Instructor
- Foreign Exchange Trader
- Foreign Service Officer
- Fundraising/Development Officer
- Grant Writer
- Human Rights Advocate
- Immigration Specialist/Analyst
- Intelligence Specialist/Analyst
- International Relations Specialist
- Lawyer - International, Travel, or Immigration Law
- Policy Researcher/Analyst
- Social Worker - Immigrant Populations
- Study Abroad Coordinator
- Trade Specialist
- Travel Agent
- Travel Journalist
Places to Seek Employment
- Consulting Firms
- Domestic/Foreign Banking and Financial Institutions
- Domestic/Foreign Corporations
- International Trade Firms
- Multilateral Organizations (e.g. United Nations)
- Newspaper, Magazine, and Book Publishers
- Non-Profit Organizations
- US Federal Government and Military
- US State and Local Governments
- Research Institutes and Foundations
- Public/Private Schools
- Travel and Hospitality Providers
- TV Networks and Film Studios
Job and Internship Search Resources
- AIESEC - offers internships in over 110 countries and territories around the world
- Amnesty International - human rights advocacy organization that offers jobs and internships
- Brookings - think tank and publisher that offers jobs, internships, and fellowships in foreign policy, economic studies, and global economy/development
- Cultural Vistas - non-profit organization that offers international internships, fellowships, and other global programs
- Central Intelligence Agency Careers - explore career paths and current job and internship openings within the CIA
- Council on Foreign Relations - think tank and publisher that offers jobs, internships, and fellowships in foreign relations
- Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) - offers teaching programs in nearly 10 countries around the world
- Dave's ESL Cafe - comprehensive website about teaching ESL; includes job postings, discussion forums, and certification program information
- Department of Homeland Security Careers - explore career paths and current job and internship openings within the DHS
- Department of State Careers - explore career paths and current jobs and internship openings within the DOS
- EPIK: English Program in Korea - teach English abroad in Korea; must have completed a bachelor's degree
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Careers - explore career paths and current job and internship openings with the FBI
- Foreign Policy Research Institute - non-profit devoted to research and public education on international affairs; includes jobs, internships, and a think tank directory
- Government & Non-Profit Resources - more from career.ku.edu
- Human Rights Watch - non-profit organization that offers jobs, internships, and fellowships in human rights advocacy
- JET: Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme - cultural exchange program with positions in teaching, international relations, and sports
- KU Office of Study Abroad - internships in London, Dublin, and Madrid
- GoGovernment - job profiles of education jobs in the federal government including available positions and number of positions by region and governmental agency
- LanguageCorps - programs for teaching English abroad in 19 countries around the world
- LatPro - free job board for Latino/a and other Spanish-speaking bilingual professionals
- NABE: National Association for Bilingual Education - professional association for bilingual education administrators and teachers; includes a free job board
- NAFSA: Association of International Educators - career information and job listings for international educators
- PeaceCorps - federal service program that currently sends US volunteers to serve abroad in over 75 countries
- RAND Corporation - think tank that offers jobs, internships, and fellowships in international affairs and national security
- United Nations - explore UN career paths and current job and internship openings
- US Citizenship & Immigration Services - explore career paths and current job and internship openings with the USCIS
- Working Abroad Resources - more from career.ku.edu
- Youth at the United Nations - list of internships through the United Nations system and other international organizations.
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.