Global Studies and Geography

Career Potential

Our graduates have very varied and rewarding career paths. Some entered directly into their new careers while others furthered their education at graduate schools across the world. Before embarking on graduate school, some entered programs such as the Peace Corps and Teach for America. Others 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. …" Alum, 2016

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

"… I joined the newly formed department as one of their first Global Studies majors. I went on to become a double major, an aide 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 received in our department prepared them for the rewarding careers in the global marketplace. 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 alum, 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 places such 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 institutions such as:

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


Among 2020-2021 Hofstra graduates, 100% of Global Studies majors and 100% of GIS/Geography majors who responded to a survey reported that they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school within a year of graduation. Among Hofstra graduates who majored in the social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $59,000.

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,429 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2020 and May 2021, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 67% of the 2020-2021 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and is based upon a 47% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. Salary figures include only annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission, or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.

Alumni Careers and Jobs 2023

Global Studies and Geography alumni careers and jobs 2023

Advisement, Internships & Careers Guide, 2023

Advisement, Internships & Careers Guide