Hi Greta! Have you started looking into any programs?
A good place to start would be to look at International Studies or International Relations degrees. At many universities, you can choose sub-specialties within that major that focus on your specific interests and help you start to specialize to your career goals. For example, my BA in International Studies at Utah State University allowed me to select a focus between: World Economy & Development, Peace & Security, Global Environment & Natural Resources, or Peoples & Nations (http://catalog.usu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=12&poid=9558). Other universities might offer different tracks that cater exactly to your interests. Another option for specializing during university - and an option I highly recommend - is doing an internship within your desired field, or a study abroad at a university with courses in your degree. I would also recommend starting with an internship after graduating (if you don't do one during your studies) in order to immediately gain job experience in your field - the UN offers many internships that might be interesting to you (https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=SJ&exp=INT&level=0&location=All&occup=0&department=All&bydate=0&occnet=0_). Volunteering with the Peace Corps also would help you gain experience and start to specialize, if you have any interest in that option (https://www.peacecorps.gov/).
I would recommend not specializing too much for your Bachelor's, as this will give you the flexibility to start to gain career experience within the international issues field even if you don't start with sex trafficking or displacement. Job experience in the field will be an asset for you even if you start by working on related issues outside of your specific interests. I would advise to start with an International Studies, International Relations, Human Rights, or to be even more general, maybe even a Political Studies degree. If a Master's degree is on the table for you, you can go back and specialize then once you've explored and solidified your interests, or you can simply start to specialize in your field when you start working.
One last comment would be that if you're really interested in displacement issues, a political studies or pre-law degree might be useful to you. There is a lot of legal work that can be done for immigrants, refugees, etc. Human rights law would also be a good way for you to advocate for the groups of people you're interested in working with. There is a lot of work that can be done for social issues and human rights from the policy and legal fields, so maybe just take a moment to explore whether you're interested in this application or whether you'd rather stick with the broader international studies degree and focus specifically on the issues you mentioned.
Hope this helps!
Kelci recommends the following next steps:
- Explore interest level in policy or legal sphere
- Research international studies or international relations degrees
- Find programs with sub-specialties of interest