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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:

  • American University
  • Clark University, Global and Community Health
  • Columbia University, Masters of Public Health
  • CUNY, Graduate Program, Sustainability in the Urban Environment
  • CUNY Hunter college
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hofstra University School of Education
  • Hofstra University Graduate School of Business, MBA
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • Hunter College, CUNY, Masters in Geography (multiple alumni),
  • John Jay College
  • London School of Economics
  • New York University
  • Newcastle University (UK), Cross Cultural Communication and Applied Linguistics
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State University, GIS
  • Rutgers University, Masters of City and Regional Planning (multiple alumni),
  • Salem State University, (MS), Geographic Information Science and Cartography
  • School for Oriental and African Studies, University of London (UK)
  • St. George's University (Medical School)
  • State University of New York at Albany, M.A., Geography/Resource Management
  • Stony Brook University
  • Syracuse University - Martin J. Whitman School of Management (MBA)
  • Teach for America (multiple graduates)
  • The New School, International Affairs
  • Touro Law School
  • University of Albany
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Uniwersytet Jagielloński (Poland)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Law School
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • West Texas A&M University


Among the 2015-2016 graduating class, 100% of Global Studies and Geography majors surveyed reported being employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school.

Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in global studies and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $40,000.

Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. 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.