Gearing up for global adventure

Have you always been interested in how the global marketplace works? Are you good with languages? Do you enjoy foreign films and the BBC as much as American films and TV? Have you dreamt about working in the Foreign Service? If so, you are well suited for a degree in international studies.

Majoring, or even minoring, in international studies at Susquehanna University will give you a definite advantage in the job market. The Institute of International Education reports that those who study abroad learn additional skills and increase their chances of having a successful career. And Susquehanna University ensures that all international studies students will thrive. Get expert advice from Susquehanna’s Global Opportunities (GO) program and will help you apply for grants and prep for a semester abroad. They also will help you identify and apply for internships while you are studying in the country of your choice.

Attention to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues is becoming increasingly vital in today’s business world. As an international studies degree major, you will naturally work in diverse environments and gain an understanding of and appreciation for other cultures. You will be not just a citizen of Susquehanna University but also a citizen of the world who understands global issues and values cultural differences. Majoring or minoring in international relations is the perfect choice for those who want to do good and raise the level of productive communication around the world. And you will be doing it soon. Nearly all graduates are employed within six months after graduation.

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Studying Kenyan presidential elections

Catherine Chodnicki ’25, a double major in environmental studies and French studies with a minor in Africana studies, went the distance for her research project. She went to Kenya to take a deep dive into their elections. She says, “It gets hard to see the way the rest of the world works when you get stuck in the USA bubble, and this project has reminded me that the world is very different from what we experience here in America.”

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“The most rewarding part of teaching and advising International Studies majors is hearing our graduating seniors talk about how they used the skills they developed during their career at Susquehanna to impress employers and succeed in graduate school.”

Kirk Harris, director of international studies and assistant professor of political science

Potential Careers

  • Foreign service/foreign affairs
  • Public policy
  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Nonprofit management

Recent Employers

  • U.S. Library of Congress
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Office
  • The Cloudburst Group

Graduate School Placements

  • University of Michigan
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • North Carolina State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • National University of Singapore

Sharing the Susquehanna story around the world

From Senegal to Greece to New Zealand to Japan, international destinations, adventures, and opportunities await adventurous Susquehanna students.

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Studying for a Degree in International Studies

Explore the courses you’ll take on your journey to earning a degree in international studies at Susquehanna.

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See the full list of related programs on the School of Natural and Social Sciences page.

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