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PICS Career Insights

Developing a Global Perspective

The International Studies major is intended for students planning to pursue advanced degrees or careers in international law, international business, public policy, global health, and government or nongovernmental organizations with an international focus. The major is ideal for students interested in learning a foreign language and exploring international topics from a comparative perspective. As an International Studies major, you will develop the ability to understand the differences in economic, political, and cultural development. Through language training and study, you will also develop excellent analytical and communication skills. International Studies majors are strongly encouraged, but not required, to study abroad. Related fields include disciplines such as political science, history, economics, public policy, public health, environment, anthropology, psychology, sociology, languages and literatures, comparative literature, law, business, and communications. 

International Studies alumni work in a wide range of careers and pursue advanced degrees. Visit the U-M Career Center and LSA Opportunity Hub early and often and be sure to request to join the PICS LinkedIn group to see what other current International Studies students and alumni are doing in their careers. Please review the PICS Career page for more resources.

*Data produced in 2021 based on a sampling of PICS alumni, gathered from 2016-2021.