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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 comments,

"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 notes,

"…As a result of my experience in the Geography Department 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.


Some of the careers performed by alumni include:

  • Senior Vice President at Citibank, New York
  • Past President, Polo Ralph Lauren, New York
  • Medical Doctor, Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Senior Organizer with the Burma Task Force, United Nations, New York
  • Head Coach of Marquette men's lacrosse team, Milwaukee, WI
  • Senior Environmental Consultant, First Energy, Ohio
  • Documentation Officer at Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka, United Nations, New York
  • Online Producer, The World Bank Water Global Practice, Washington, D.C.
  • Transportation Planner at MTA Bus, New York
  • Planning Commissioner, Mercersburg, PA
  • Corporate Manager, Toyota Financial Services, California
  • Crime Analyst, Lawrence Police Department, Massachusetts
  • International Communications Coordinator, CARE USA, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Digital Marketing Manager, i360, Washington, D.C.
  • Human Resources Manager, Paris, France
  • Manager of Advocacy and Digital Strategy, Latino Justice PRLDEF, New York
  • Project Director, Charter School Program Grant at New Jersey Dept. of Education, NJ
  • Assistant Producer at La Comunidad y Trabajadores Unidos, Radio Station, NY
  • Journalist, WABC-TV Eyewitness News
  • Adjunct Professor, Nassau Community College
  • Coordinator, New Hope Food Pantry, Salem, Oregon.
  • Intern at U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Multimedia Journalist at Long Island Report
  • Campus Staff Member, INTERVARSITY USA, Columbia University
  • English Teacher, South Korea
  • Peace Corps


Recent graduates from our Department have attended the following graduate schools or entered the following programs:

  • Columbia University
  • Northwestern University
  • New York University
  • George Washington University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • East Carolina University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Hofstra University
  • Northeastern University
  • Rutgers University
  • St. John's University
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • Western New England Law


Among 2016-2017 global studies and geography graduates, 99% of those majoring in the social sciences reported being employed and/or attending or planning to pursue a graduate degree. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in the social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $46,000.

Of the 1,453 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2016 and May 2017, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 61% of the 16-17 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 32% response rate for undergraduate students. 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.