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Global Studies & Geography Career Potential

Our graduates have very varied and rewarding career paths. Some have entered directly into their new careers while others have furthered their education at graduate schools across the world. Before embarking on graduate school, some have entered programs such as the Peace Corps and Teach for America. Others have volunteered in the Amazon, taught English in Korea or worked as congressional aides or on election campaigns.

One of our core beliefs is that happy students become successful graduates. As a recent graduate commented:

"Words cannot describe how truly thankful I am for what this department has done and I can tell you right now, other students feel the same way. …" Alumni, 2016

We work hard to develop meaningful relationships with our students, providing constant career guidance while at Hofstra and beyond. As one of our alumni comments,

"… I joined the newly formed department as one of their first Global Studies majors. I went on to become a double major, an aid in the department, and a peer teacher. I had the pleasure of watching the department grow, strengthen, and develop before my eyes. Most importantly though, I found a home there, a place where I was able to create meaningful relationships with professors. A place where I was constantly engaged with opportunities and meaningful discussions, and most importantly where I found a subject I was extremely passionate about. My time spent in the Global Studies and Geography Department most certainly led me to where I am now. The professors motivated me to reach far and beyond a point where I thought my academic career would have ever taken me…" Rebecca, 2011.

The education that students have received in our department has prepared them for the rewarding careers in the global market place. As a past graduate noted:

"…As a result of my experience in the Geography Program and the support of the staff, I was able to travel to Senegal for two months and Amsterdam for five months while I was enrolled at Hofstra… Today, I am a vice president at a multi-national tech company with employees in seven countries, as well as a proud Hofstra alumni, both thanks to the amazing people at Hofstra's Geography Department." Michelle, 2007

As a department, we work with our students to help them build meaningful and productive post-graduation careers and are very proud of the achievements of our alumni.


Recent Hofstra alumni are working at such places as:

  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Coaches Across Continents
  • Counsel on Foreign Relations
  • FOX/ FOX News/ FOX News Radio
  • Governor's Office of Storm Recovery
  • Harris Corporation
  • National Governors Association
  • RMB Drafting & Development Consultants, Inc.
  • Smith Solze Communications Consulting
  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Majors in Global Studies and GIS/Geography are great preparation for graduate degrees in a wide range of fields. Our alumni are furthering their education at such institutions as:

  • Columbia University
  • East Carolina University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Hofstra University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Northeastern University
  • Rutgers University
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
  • University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus)
  • Western New England Law School

Among 2017-2018 Hofstra graduates, 100% of global studies majors and 96% of GIS/Geography majors who responded to a survey reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among Hofstra graduates who majored in the social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $43,000.

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,508 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2017-May 2018, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 83% of the 17-18 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and are based upon a 45% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.