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Global Studies

In an increasingly interconnected world, you need a global perspective on pressing issues. A degree in Global Studies instills a critical, global outlook that prepares you to engage with pressing global questions and to thrive in a global economy. 

The Global Studies major gives you flexible options to study the global issues and regions that interest you the most. Along the way, you’ll explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships and processes that connect the world. 

What will I learn in Global Studies?

The revised Global Studies degree has four main components.  

  1. A focus on major global issues, addressing one of four major themes:
    • Global Health 
    • Global Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights
    • Global Development and Sustainability 
    • Global Cultural Studies
  2. A deep understanding of the cultures, social practices and challenges of one of six regions of the world:
    • Africa 
    • Asia
    • Europe
    • Latin America and the Caribbean
    • The Middle East
    • Russia and Eurasia 
  3. Proficiency in a foreign language, which opens avenues to travel, study, work and conduct research abroad 
  4. Integrated opportunities to study abroad to build regional and cultural awareness and enhance language acquisition 

Together, these components prepare students for careers that require an understanding of urgent global issues and the ability to work with people from a variety of cultures.   

The courses offered as part of the Global Studies degree cover many subject areas, world regions, and perspectives. They are taught in many departments across the university, giving you a broad background that fosters critical thinking and a global outlook.  

See the undergraduate bulletin for a full list of courses.

Where can I go with a Global Studies degree? 

Wherever you want! The Global Studies program encourages students to learn a foreign language while immersing themselves in the culture of a foreign country. Whether you're looking to study French in Paris, master chopsticks in Japan or visit the fjords of Norway, the Education Abroad Office can help you find the program for you. 

What can I do with a Global Studies degree?

Global Studies alumni excel in careers where knowledge of other cultures, language facility, and travel experience are indispensable: 

  • Diplomacy and foreign affairs
  • Economic development officer
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Global trade
  • Human rights advocacy
  • International law 
  • International relief work
  • Political risk analysis
  • Social work 

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