Where Do You Want To Go?

An interdisciplinary degree in one of the programs in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies can take you into almost any career path, anywhere in the world, in fields as diverse as research, education, health care, museum curation, social work, international development, government, human relations, non-profit management, marketing, or publishing.

Gain Transferable and Marketable Skills

Pie chart showing primary activity of GIC graduates:57% employed full-time; 27% continuing education; 10% employed part-time; 4% seeking continuing education or employment; 1% military service; 1% volunteer/service program

2018-19 career outcomes for GIC alumni

Life is interdisciplinary! Each year the National Association of Colleges and Employers surveys employers to learn about the skills and qualities they are looking for in college graduates. The skills that dominate the responses year after year are the ones that our students consistently develop in one of our GIC majors: American Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies or Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • oral and written communication
  • teamwork and collaboration skills
  • global and intercultural fluency

Explore Your Career Options

Educational and Cultural Institutions

These careers paths are common among AMS, WGS, and LAS majors:

  • advertising
  • mass media and publishing
  • public history
  • cultural institutions
  • education
  • research and think-tanks

Government and the Non-Profit Sector

These career paths are common among ITS and LAS majors:

  • research and analysis (consultant, finance, public health)
  • US government and foreign service (international relations/diplomacy)
  • law school
  • language programs
  • refugee and humanitarian worker (for instance AmeriCorps, Peace Corps)
  • tourism and travel
  • community organizations and social work
  • international organizations
  • social work
  • healthcare


  • non-profit sector
  • businesses working in both the US and internationally
  • research and analysis (consultant, finance, public health)
  • marketing
  • public relations and branding
  • human resources

Post-Graduate Studies/Continuing Education

  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy), M.A. (Masters of Arts), or M.Ed.Masters of Education (Masters of Education): can open up careers in teaching, administration, museum outreach, or research at any level
  • MLS (Masters of Library Science): can lead to a career as a librarian, bibliographer, or information specialist for businesses and organizations
  • Juris Doctor or JD (Law Degree): can prepare you for legal and political careers
  • Medical Degree: A 2019 study published in the journal Medical Education, found that medical students with premedical backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences are more effective at communicating with patients. The MCAT scores for humanities applicants to medical school in 2020 was higher than those of majors in biological sciences.

First Destinations After Graduation

The graduates of Miami's Global and Intercultural Studies Department are making their mark around the world. Some of their post-graduate destinations include national and regional employers such as:

  • Abercrombie&Fitch Co.
  • Alvarez and Marshal
  • Amazon
  • AmeriCorps
  • Apple Inc.
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Cincinnati Financial Corporation
  • Deloitte
  • Epic
  • FDS Bank
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Government of Spain
  • Huntington National Bank
  • Miami University
  • NBC Universal
  • News America Marketing
  • PepsiCo
  • Pizza Hut
  • Reynolds and Reynolds
  • The White House
  • Uber
  • US Army
  • US House of Representatives
  • Women Helping Women

A student meets with a employer representative at Miami's Spring 2019 Career Fair.

Start Planning Your Future Career Now

Our resources will help you navigate your individual career options, whether you want to stay in the Midwest, head to Washington, D.C., or travel abroad. Take advantage of these opportunities starting with your first year at Miami: