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Start Your Career in International Affairs

The International Affairs major and concentration are interdisciplinary, drawing upon courses and faculty in schools and departments from across the campus.

International Affairs

An emphasis is on a broad understanding of the globalized world, including language preparation, to make the most of cross-border cultural experiences and study abroad opportunities. The International Affairs major and concentration includes an international inter-cultural experience in cooperation with the Liza and Jack Lewis III Institute of the Americas. The Institute of the Americas offers bi-national courses in collaboration between the UIW Campuses in Bajío, Irapuato, Centro Universitario Incarnate Word in Mexico City and the main campus in San Antonio. Students are encouraged to participate in an immersive, longer-term study abroad experience as well.

UIW campus Bajio in Mexico

Knowledge of the interdependent world in which we live and work is essential to all citizens.

The International Affairs major and concentration is designed to provide students with a strong foundation to expand awareness and understanding of the complex world and promotion of responsible development, peace and justice. An appreciation of others’ values and institutions increases mutual understanding, enriches individual lives and prepares citizens and students for work in the global environment. The major and concentration provide students with a broad, internationally-grounded education helping students to appreciate what the United Nations calls the “common heritage of mankind”—the contributions to knowledge made by the many societies of our globe—to recognize and value cultural pluralism and to feel comfortable negotiating a multicultural world. With this focus on globalization, the major and concentration aim to educate the next generation of scholars and professionals who will carry forward a commitment to international knowledge, teaching and service.

Career Outlook and Opportunities

Students who major in International Affairs tend to pursue careers in government, journalism, law, non-governmental organizations, international business, teaching and research.

International Affairs prepares students to be creative and innovative thinkers, thus preparing them for careers in a rapidly changing world environment. Graduates are prepared for careers in diplomacy, government, communications, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, the travel industry, and businesses relating to international affairs or academia.

The median annual salary for political scientists was $125,350 in May 2020. 

In May 2020, the median annual wages for political scientists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Annual Wages by Industry for Political Scientists
Industry Annual Wages
Professional, scientific, and technical services $136,640
Federal government, excluding postal service $133,460
Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations $87,910
Educational services; state, local, and private $75,260

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. September 2021.

A concentration in International Affairs will enable students majoring in other areas to gain a global perspective through a range of courses focusing on international aspects of curricula in many disciplines including political science, history, art history, literature, sociology, business, economics and other fields. Below are some examples of careers students who major in International Affairs go on to pursue: 

  • Political Scientists
  • Economists
  • Historians
  • Sociologists 
  • Survey Researchers
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Market Research Analysts 

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Since our founding in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, we have challenged our students to think critically, explore curiously and to leverage their God-given talents to make positive impacts on their communities and the world around them.

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