Headshot of Liz Black

International studies major Liz Black '12 transformed her undergraduate goals into a successful career as a naval officer.

Alumna Finds Success in Pursuing National Security

February 12, 2017

Headshot of Liz Black

Her father served 18 years as a police lieutenant, so it comes as no surprise that Liz Black ’12 would follow in the family footsteps in pursuing a career in public safety.

With her aspirations set on national security, Black tailored her BW education and experiences to prepare for her goal. She paired her major in international studies with minors in criminal justice and Spanish and participated in meaningful experiential learning activities.

A Proud Naval Officer

The preparation paid off. Today, she is an officer-in-charge for a Surface Warfare Mission Detachment aboard a littoral combat ship with the U.S. Navy. Along the way, she graduated from the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island and accrued impressive career accolades. She credits BW for helping her gain the experiences she needed for success. 

"BW taught me to use and constantly hone my cognitive thinking skills," noted Black. "My senior year, I did an independent study where I wrote a thesis on homegrown terrorism and lone wolves. This research afforded me the opportunity to utilize the knowledge I gained in my criminal justice courses, as well as the research and reflective reasoning skills I learned as an international studies major."