Global Studies

The interdisciplinary major in Global Studies offers students a rigorous education in the basic elements of the field. The program provides a sound general education for students interested in the complex interrelationships (political, economic, social, and cultural) in our interdependent modern world. Students in the program gain the theoretical tools to make sense of the fast-changing global area; foster the practical application of their research; immerse themselves in the language, history, and culture of a major world region; live, study, research, or hold internships in their region of interest; and develop a concentration area suitable for their professional goals.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Understand complex relationships among peoples of the world.

  2. Gain in-depth knowledge about a specific region.

  3. Grow your skills and experience from studying or interning abroad.

  4. Participate in an interdisciplinary scholarly community.

  5. Build a foundation for a wide variety of globally-oriented careers.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Global Studies may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), or a Master of Arts (MA). Global Studies provides students with a foundation in employment in:

Domestic and international businesses


Government agencies

Non-governmental organizations

Inter-governmental organizations (e.g. United Nations)

Consulting firms, research institutes and foundations

Travel agencies

Humanitarian services

Print and broadcast media companies
Alumni Jobs

Grants manager

International Program coordinator

Peace Corps volunteer

Foreign Service officer

Internet Marketing assistant

Health educator


Study abroad or international student advisor

International policy analyst

International business development manager
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
GLBL 101; WR 121; WR 121; 123; GLBL Core Foundation courses x2; Language 1xx

2nd Year
GLBL Core Foundation Courses x2; Geog Focus elec; Prof Concentration elec; Lang 2xx

3rd Year
Prof Concentration req course x1-2, elec x1; Geog Focus req course; Lang 3xx; Intl experience

4th Year
Prof Concentration elective; Geographic Focus elective x2

Major Credits
Required 28-32
Electives 20-24

Total 48-56

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Cross cultural communication

Critical thinking and analysis

International humanitarian crisis prevention and response

Writing and research

Policy analysis

Understanding complex current events

Economic and community development

Human rights and global ethics

Public relations

Public sector reform
Experiential learning opportunities

Research (Fieldwork)

Specialized Courses

Diplomacy and International Relations

Global Health and Development

International Businesses

International Gender Issues

International Tourism

Law and Human Rights

Migration, Displacement, and Refugees

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Asian Studies

Middle East and North Africa Studies

European Studies

African Studies

Latin American Studies

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Business Administration


Political Science

Language (any language minor)

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