How well regarded are European Studies or International Studies as degrees? What sort of grades do you need for them? Or are you better off doing Politics or International Relations?
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- Thread Starter
- 15-03-2011 23:28
- 18-03-2011 13:17
I would think it would be more of a function of where you got those degrees from rather than the name and if they're more well-regarded than a conventional politics/IR degree. It depends what precisely you'd like to do afterwards. For general employment there wouldn't be a difference at all as you'd be levelled off in the interviews/psychometric testing and I don't believe that HR would make a vast distinction between the 4 other than they all appear to be social science degrees. This could be different if the degree is a flagship from a "well-regarded" uni; PPE at Oxford for arguments sake. The best indicator is to ask around in multiple places, people you know who may know people in the places you'd like to work in.
For specialized employment, European Studies would be an asset in EU-related activities or places with that specific focus. This would be more implied than just explicitly stated in roles. Some job descriptions would place Europe as a regional focus, but you should do a broad market search if the things you want to do involve Europe. Same with IR or Politics; some international organizations, NGOs, etc will have a list of accepted BA/BSc degrees of applicants they wish to target. Some of them would rather take an IR than a Political Science person for instance, but you'd have to look, there are no broad answers.
All in all, each related job that is best suited for IR/Politics/European studies, etc are always highly competitive. So your best bet is to pick the one you'd enjoy most, which would determine which one you'd be the most motivated to get the high marks and sell yourself to get the best internships to build your CV. These would matter more so than perceived 'regardedness' of a degree, the degree itself is just more of a sorting-hat factor for the more specialized of jobs.