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What is International and Global Studies?

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The International and Global Studies degree provides a broad understanding of world affairs and competence for entry-level positions in the field.

Students learn how to conduct research and receive professional development training to prepare them for careers such as those in government, non-profit or business.

Graduates have gone on to work in the Department of State, Department of Commerce, Department of Interior, Central Intelligence Agency and Peace Corps.

  • Degree Plans and Track Options

    Both a major and a minor are available:

    Those majoring in the program can select one or more tracks:

    • The Political and Cultural Affairs Track guides majors towards courses that provide the cultural, historical and political backgrounds of various global regions. This track is for students interested in policy, politics, diplomacy, and non-profit work.
    • The Economic and Trade Affairs Track guides majors towards courses that provide a strong foundation in global economic and business concepts. This track is for students interested in economic or business policy or consulting.
    • The Latin American Studies Track guides majors towards courses that provide a solid understanding of the Latin American world. This track is for students interested in a variety of career paths in the Latin American world.
    • The General Studies Track guides majors toward courses that provide an equal exposure to the different disciplines that comprise the degree.

    Students can also earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as little as 5 years:

  • Courses in International and Global Studies

    This multidisciplinary degree is drawn from courses in Political Science, Economics, International Business, History, Anthropology and Languages.

    Class highlights include:

    • History of United States Foreign Policy
    • Introduction to Global Affairs
    • International Economics
    • Language and Culture

    See the catalog for a full course listing, including class descriptions:

  • Law School Options

    For more information about any of these law-related programs, please see the School of Law Admission section.

  • Career Opportunities

    Graduates have gone on to work in the government, non-profit, and private-sector fields. Some examples include:

    Public Sector:

    • State Department
    • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    • Peace Corps
    • Department of Defense
    • State and local government agencies

    Private Sector:

    • The Rand Corporation
    • General Motors
    • Honeywell, Inc.
    • Wells Fargo

    Not-for-Profit Sector:

    • Institute for Integrated Rural Development (IIRD)
    • Worldwatch Institute
    • Goodwill
    • Bread for the World

    International Organizations:

    • International Monetary Fund
    • Inter-American Development Bank
    • North American Development Bank
    • Oxfam

    Educational Sector:

    • Public and private schools
    • Community colleges
    • Overseas teaching opportunities
  • Internships

    Students are encouraged to participate in an internship to earn up to six semester hours of elective credit. Internships may be with governmental, non-governmental or private sector organizations.

    Some examples of internships that students have completed include:

    International Organizations:

    • NGOs in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador
    • Office of Human Rights, European Union: Luxembourg

    Federal Public Service Sector:

    • AmeriCorps
    • Federal Aviation Administration
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture

    State and City Government:

    • Former Texas State Senator Frank Madla
    • City of San Antonio International Affairs Office
    • City of Kumamoto, Japan

    Non-governmental and Nonprofit Organizations:

    • World Affairs Council
    • Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras – San Antonio
    • International Red Cross, Boston

    Private Sector:

    • Japanese Corporations
    • Guadalajara, Mexico Free Trade Alliance
    • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


    • School of Law Immigration and Human Rights Clinic
    • Center for Legal and Social Justice

Outside the Classroom

St. Mary’s encourages students to participate in events, clubs, activities and special programs to customize their college experience. Some of the special programs you may be interested in include:

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