Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
In todayís globally connected community, people are now more than ever joined together in a world of possibilities and challenges. In every facet of our individual and collective lives we shape this world just as we are deeply influenced by what transpires in its furthest corners. International Studies (IS) is an interdisciplinary program at NC State University that prepares graduates to embrace a world where global linkages exist alongside boundaries and separations. To do this, students choose from one of the majorís concentrations, including Africa, Europe, Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East, International Economy and Environment, International Relations, and International Cultural Studies. Within each concentration, students choose from a list of classes that span an array of academic departments. All International Studies majors participate in three of the majorís core courses, learn to speak a foreign language, and carry out a study abroad. In this way, International Studies students learn to navigate cultural diversity, the economic dynamics of global trade, and the ever-shifting geo-political lines that shape our globalizes world.
You are strongly encouraged to gain career-related experience prior to graduation in the form of an internship, summer job, or co-op. Students are strongly encouraged to accompany their International Studies major with activities that build their work experience and establish a network of contacts for their future career. These activities include internship, summer job, faculty-directed research, or co-op. International Studies faculty and advisors will work with students to identify which activities might best suit them, how students might build on these activities to craft a trajectory of success, and how students might reinforce their experiences in the classroom.
Co-op is a program of alternating semesters of work and school. Paid work terms of increasing responsibility enable students to graduate with the minimum equivalent of one year of relevant work experience. Full-time enrollment during the semester prior to the first work term is required. You can begin co-op after completion of at least two semesters (30 credit hours) at NC State (one semester for transfers and graduate students). An NC State transcript must show grades and admission to a degree program. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 (3.00 for graduate students) is required. The Co-op Office web site lists the Orientation Schedule, which is the first step to program participation.
Internships are typically full-time during the summer or (for some) part-time during the semester. You can start interning or seeking summer jobs related to your field, whenever you are ready. The University Career Center provides services to help you get started.
Participate in ePack, the Career Center's on-line system that connects employees with students through internship postings, on-campus interviews, information sessions, and resume searches. You may activate your ePack account at any time.
Internship Exampleē The International Studies advisors maintain a list of research and enrichment experiences that build student resumes. We also support student participation in ENG 350 Professional Internships, NPS 490 Internship in Non-Profit Studies, and other class-based internship programs. All these opportunities require some planning, so we encourage students to begin considering their options as early as possible in their college career
The following lists provide a brief sampling of the kind of jobs and work environments you might find with a degree in this major. These titles and work settings are by no means an exhaustive listing. Because the world of work is always changing, over time job titles and work settings can change. The below listing is provided in hopes of giving you initial insight into a particular career field that would employ the skills and knowledge gained through this major.
Baccalaureate - $ 34,000 median starting salary and $53,000-80,000 median mid-career salary
The salary listed above is an average starting salary based on skills and experiences gained at the Bachelors level. Keep in mind that salary level typically increases with additional experience and/or educational degrees.
Furthermore, you may have the opportunity to mold an entry-level position into your dream job and subsequently increase your salary as you learn more, add responsibilities and gain experience.
These resources include organizations, clubs, and conferences not affiliated with NC State and can be an important part of your career pursuit.
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Last updated: 20th of November, 2012 at 2:28:09 PM
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