Preparing for a career in energy and/or global security may seem daunting to a young industry hopeful. While it is a reputable and often rewarding field, it is not as well-publicized as some of the more common career paths. Students beginning their search for higher education may have a difficult time narrowing down a field of study, or deciding which courses would best complement their portfolio.

Fortunately, energy and global security is a broad field with various applications across many facets of the industry. Undergraduates can consider graduate work in any of the following international fields without sacrificing their shot at a career in the energy industry.

International Affairs

International Affairs is an overarching category that actually covers many of the other concentrations on this list. Most programs also include curriculum that covers communications, conflict resolution, human rights, education, development, and research. A degree in International Affairs would be the best choice for students who are uncertain about which aspect of Energy and Global Security is right for them.

Energy & Environmental Sustainability

Energy & Environmental Sustainability can be broken down into various subfields. The subject covers everything from economic growth to supply chain management. Students interested in Global Security, however, will be drawn to the increasingly relevant topic of natural resources and their direct relationship to regional conflict and national security.  Graduates should expect to possess a strong background in policies and processes, a firm understanding of quantitative analysis, superior communication skills.

International Law

International Law is an excellent choice for students wanting to address international conflict as it relates to global and energy security without pursuing advanced technology skills. The curriculum is less quantitative and focuses more on social issues and the critical link between modern governance and global impact.  

Science & Technology

Science & Technology is a fascinating field when studied concurrently with Energy & Global Security. Depending on your course of study, well-prepared students can expect to pursue careers in defense, nuclear energy, information technology, or even space— all of which directly correlate to international security in an increasingly connected, global environment.

The programs covered above are only a few of the options available to students pursuing graduate work in Energy & Global Security. The field is exploding and it is nowhere near done expanding. New opportunities and concentrations will undoubtedly develop as the world progresses towards a future where energy security and global security are nearly inseparable.