In our increasingly interconnected, global society, companies across all industries are looking for employees who have the critical and analytical problem solving skills to address issues with a global perspective, a cross-cultural understanding, and an appreciation for diverse viewpoints.
The global studies program examines the way that politics, economics, culture, and social forces have come to transect, and sometimes, blur, borders among nations and communities. As a global studies major, you will critically evaluate the broad historical trends that have shaped our increasingly globalized social, economic, and political systems. Whether you are interested in global governance, environmental sustainability, public health, or the study of particular world regions, this major will provide you with the flexibility to explore the issues that interest and motivate you the most as you prepare to make a difference in this world.
Program at a Glance
The Bachelor of Science in Global Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that draws from coursework in the social sciences, humanities, and related fields. You will receive methodological training utilized in a variety of international-focused careers, such as qualitative and quantitative research methods, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), program evaluation and policy analysis, and intercultural communications.
In addition, global studies majors are required to have an international experience which can be achieved by studying abroad or demonstrating proficiency in a second language. Students must also complete a 120-hour internationally-focused internship.
Major Courses: 47 hours
Core curriculum: 44-46 hours
Free Electives*: 34 hours
*Students are encouraged to complete a minor or dual degree with their free electives and should meet with their advisor to discuss programs that are complementary.
- Democracy, Dictatorship, and Development
- International Relations
- Global Political Economy
- Intercultural Communications
- Comparative Public Policy
Earning a Bachelor of Science in Global Studies will provide you with a broad and rigorous liberal arts education coupled with the technological skills for you to make an impact in any path you choose.
If you decide to enter the workforce after graduation, you will be ready for an entry-level position in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in many areas, including (but not limited to):
- International Aid and Development
- Human Rights and Social Services
- Tourism and Hospitality
- International Education
Students who want to pursue graduate studies will be ready for programs in a variety of academic and professional fields:
- Global Health
- Business Administration
- International Business
- International Law
- Public Administration