Why You Should You Major or Double Major in INGS...

The impact of global change is dramatic and far-reaching, altering the dynamics of everyday life on a planetary scale. Our major seeks to educate a new generation of experts who can assess and analyze the salient issues of worldwide transformation, including consumer capitalism, media culture, forms of communication, economic development, gender and health, migration, border wars, political violence, sustainable futures, and human security. Graduates from our four-year degree program will be prepared for careers that demand an understanding of global cultural, social, economic, and political processes.

Our degree program offers an exciting range of courses from anthropology, economics, fine arts, music, history, philosophy, international business, modern language and culture studies, political science, public policy, and sociology. This interdisciplinary diversity pledges not only to deliver a solid education in international studies, and also introduces students to cutting-edge knowledge and expertise in global issues and world problems that will boost career opportunities.

Students in our major are provided with multiple opportunities for innovation, creativity, and research to achieve intercultural competence and global expertise. Our faculty instructors promote these opportunities by an educational focus on the dynamic interplay of inter-national and supra-national processes, an approach that features an integrated analysis of globalization via the dynamics of cultural, technological, media, business, monetary, diplomatic, and information exchange. Our students’ educational achievements are further enhanced by flexible choices of specialization. Students can create personalized career portfolios by selecting a combination of world and topical specialties, modern language skills, cross-cultural experiential learning, and advanced research opportunities.










INGS Alumna Brie Larson at the Liberal Arts Majors Career Fair


What Can I Do With an INGS Degree?

Building on our university’s technology core curriculum, the range of specialization choices allows our majors to passionately develop the expertise required for successful career options: for employment by state and federal agencies, in diplomatic or security service, private enterprise, non-government and non-profit organizations or graduate studies. Our majors are well prepared for graduate programs in fields like international law, international development, global education, administration, and public policy, or in the social sciences.Whereas "International and Global Studies" at many schools means only that subset of political science called International Relations, RIT's International and Global Studies program rigorously draws ideas from across the entire spectrum of thought: the social sciences, humanities, sciences, and fine arts.

Combining language training, communication skills, education abroad, and a disciplinary focus within a demanding overarching global perspective, International and Global Studies is a useful preparation for virtually any endeavor. Many of our graduates go on to graduate or professional schools in the U.S. or abroad. Others chose to go directly into business, global development, human rights, or other fields, and many may enter government jobs or work in international organizations.

Careers Made Possible with a degree in International & Global Studies

RIT students in International and Global Studies develop enhanced communication and language skills, competence in a world region or a major contemporary issue in International and Global Studies as a preparation for professional employment in government, international and nonprofit organizations and agencies or private corporations and businesses. A major in international and global studies (INGS) helps students develop transferable skills that are valued by employers. These skills include: analysis, research, writing, problem solving, and knowledge of other cultures and languages. INGS majors may find employment in business, government, nonprofits, social services, consulting firms, and educational institutions depending on their skills and experience.

What skills does studying INGS develop?

  • Multidisciplinary knowledge about broad global processes and at least one theme of global significance;
  • In-depth theoretical and factual knowledge of a particular region of the world;
  • Intermediate to advanced level proficiency in foreign language(s);
  • Experience and initial competency in formulating, investigating, evaluating and synthesizing a research or investigative question;
  • Intercultural sensitivity, and awareness of stereotypes and ethnocentrism.

An INGS major prepares students for graduate education as well as preparation to work in any field such as international business, law, government and non-governmental service, social services, natural sciences, health fields, and education.

Occupations include but are not limited to the following:

  • archaeologists
  • communications specialists
  • cultural anthropologists
  • cultural diversity trainers
  • development experts
  • diplomacy careers
  • editors/publicists
  • environmental specialists
  • foreign service officers
  • foreign study coordinators
  • foreign exchange specialists
  • geographers
  • hospitality industry specialist
  • human rights associates
  • import/export brokers
  • insurance specialists
  • intelligence specialists
  • international global activists
  • international law careers
  • international news writers/journalists
  • global sales representatives/managers
  • international security specialists
  • global trade specialists
  • international student advisors
  • marketing analysts
  • multiculturalism experts
  • museum & cultural arts personnel
  • natural resource management careers
  • philanthropic agency officer/manager
  • political analysts
  • program officers/managers for international non-profits and NGOs
  • public relations careers
  • research assistants
  • social studies and language teachers
  • teachers of English as a second language (ESL)
  • travel and tourism

Below is a list of actual jobs INGS majors reported having at graduation generated from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States.

  • Coordinator for digital marketing and media company
  • Researcher for a think tank
  • Analyst for a bank
  • Language Teacher for a cultural exchange program
  • Anti-Poverty nonprofit agency
  • Business Analyst for consulting firm
  • Call Center Manager
  • Community Development Volunteer
  • Community Organizer
  • Compliance Analyst for an investment firm
  • Customer Marketing Manager for global manufacturer
  • Events Coordinator
  • Environmental nonprofit Field Organizer
  • Financial Service Professional
  • Foreign Service Officer for the State Department
  • Import Specialist for a logistics company
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Management Analyst for a government agency
  • Marketing Analyst for a financial services company
  • Outreach Specialist for nonprofits
  • Translator
  • Program Assistant for a US aid agency
  • Program Coordinator for international exchange organization
  • Program Director for a humanitarian aid organization
  • Project Manager for a language and IT services provider
  • Public policy Analyst