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As one of the “International 50,” Beloit College is recognized as one of the leading colleges in preparing American students for international service, diplomacy, and scholarship. 

What do our students do with the international relations major?

Our graduates have had many opportunities to practice what they have learned. In the past five years, Beloit students have gone on to graduate programs at Johns Hopkins, George Washington University, Tufts University, the University of Maryland, Oxford, and the University of Iowa Law School. Many have earned doctorate degrees and are in the academic profession.

Others have moved into the business world and are executives in corporations both in the U.S. and overseas. A significant number are in government agencies. We have had at least two alumni serve as ambassadors and many more in high level State Department positions and other government executive departments. Some have become journalists, among them is a woman who directs the PBS News Hour.

One alumnus is an international consultant specializing in developmental and environmental issues in East Africa. Another alumnus is a successful jewelry designer and manufacturer. He believes his education in international relations prepared him beautifully for life.

Stories

Maria Elvira Lopez’21 standing in front of potted plants

Leaving Home to Grow and Develop a Career Path

Maria Elvira Lopez’21 chose Beloit College in order to grow and prepare for a career focused on environmental sustainability. Opportunities at Beloit College to apply learning in real-life settings helped land her a post-graduation job in the sector that means most to her.

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Koont Htar’17

Finding Solutions to Problems on a Daily Basis

As a student at Beloit College, Koont Htar’17 found herself constantly learning as she pursued a double-major, internships, and a campus job. The pursuit of learning equipped her well to become a product manager for Meta.

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OCS graduate Carlos de Cordoba’11 

If you are comfortable, something is wrong.

As a U.S. Navy lieutenant, Carlos de Cordoba’11 finds that embracing discomfort helps him learn and grow.

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Marcos Arroyo’16 collecting water samples, surveying vegetation, and using a sonde to measure water quality.

Career ready after learning in and outside the classroom

Miami native Marcos Arroyo’16 went from feeling out of place as a first-year student to thriving after finding his focus and opportunities to apply what he was learning outside the classroom.

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Kidan Araya’13

Strategizing Climate Change Policy and Natural Resource Governance Solutions in Africa

Kidan Araya’13 lives a life of purpose as an advocate in the U.S. and abroad for communities harmed by environmental crime. Her Beloit education helped prepare her.

 

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Shoichiro Nakai

Shoichiro Nakai’18 is pursuing a career as a diplomat through Japan’s foreign service

After holding professional positions in human resources and international education, he passed Japan’s diplomatic exam in 2020 and began working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

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Quito residents participate in a workshop on growing vegetables. Maria Elvira Lopez’21 assisted in this project.

Moving from Project Idea to Project Implementation, at Beloit and Beyond

In fall 2020, Maria Elvira Lopez’21 designed a project to increase community resilience in a Quito neighborhood in an environmental studies capstone course. Support from the World Wildlife Fund made project implementation possible.

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