Global Studies

Around the world, people and places are intimately linked. Offered through USC’s Walker Institute, our flexible, interdisciplinary program is designed to engage students in pressing global questions, allowing you to develop a deeper understanding of the complex relationships and processes that connect the global community.

What to Expect

As a global studies major, you will focus on themes relating to globalization while learning to appreciate the world’s diversity. To achieve this end, this major requires students to focus on a particular world region and to attain proficiency in a modern foreign language.

Students in the global studies program will focus on one of four themes: global health, global conflict and security, global sustainability and development, and global cultures. These themes, along with the major components around which the degree program is structured, will prepare students for careers where an understanding of urgent global issues is required, and where an ability to work with people from a variety of cultures is indispensable.

Students may also choose from one of the Walker Institute's six world regions minor degree programs in African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Islamic World Studies, Latin American Studies and Russian & Eurasian Studies.


Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. in Global Studies

The global studies program is part of the Walker Institute, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Institute works in cooperation with faculty and research units in various colleges and departments of the university to facilitate research on public policy issues. It provides consultative and training services and undertakes special research projects for governmental and nongovernmental organizations, foundations and public sector agencies.

Typical courses required for the Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies include:

  • Understanding Other Cultures
  • Globalization and World Regions
  • Peoples, Places, and Environments
  • Linguistics 1: Introduction to Language
  • Introduction to Global Politics
  • Exploring Religions


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