According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary . . .
- A stereotype is a preconceived, "standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment."
- A bias is "a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment," often resulting from stereotypes.
- Prejudice is the "injury or damage resulting from some judgment" or bias against another.
As humans, we are all biased, but we need not be ruled by our biases. We have the power to determine how our perspectives, stereotypes, and preconceptions affect our actions. By recognizing and deconstructing our implicit biases, we can prevent them from becoming prejudice.
The resources below aim to expose, address, and challenge widespread implicit biases associated with race, ethnicity, and religion. They serve as a foundation for understanding and deconstructing Western misconceptions about the Middle East and North Africa.
A Degree In International Studies Can Lead To Careers In:
- International Trade Research
- International Human Resources
- International Sales
- Public Relations Specialist
- International Business Law
- Director of International Programs
- International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs)
- Environmental Non-Profit
- International Development
- Liaison with Underserved and Multicultural Populations
- International Student Program Advising
- ESL/TEFL Language Instructor or Employee
- Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)
- United Nations
- Foreign service/Diplomacy
- Embassy/Consulate Employee
- Volunteer for the Peace Corps
- Civil Service
- Public Policy
- National Security
- International Law
- Language Teaching
- International Teaching
- K-12 teacher
- Cultural specialist
- Travel Writer
- Educational Administration
- Artist Production
- Mass Media
- Sales & Marketing
- Management & Administration
- City Planning
- Environmental Sustainability and Clean Energy
- Information Systems
A great way to enhance your career opportunities is to participate in paid or volunteer work, or internship opportunities.
CSU’s International Studies program offers course credit for relevant internships and helps to connect students with internship opportunities. You can view and download our INST 487: Internship Form here. To learn more, set up a meeting with your academic advisor or our internship coordinator.
Many international studies graduates enter graduate or professional schools for more specialized study. Common subjects include: International Affairs, Security Studies, History, Anthropology, Languages, Political Science, Economics, International Business, and International Law. There are also many options for graduate study internationally.
To learn more, speak with your Academic Success Coordinator, an International Studies faculty member, or visit the Graduate School.
Graduates in International Studies apply their education in a wide variety of careers. In addition to the sectors listed above, our alumni find fulfilling work in many areas in need of intelligent, well-rounded, and broadly world-educated people.
To learn more about your career options and how to make the most of your International Studies skills and capabilities, speak with your Academic Success Coordinator, or schedule a meeting with a member of the International Studies faculty. CSU's Career Center is also a great resource for students and alumni.