The major in global studies prepares its students to be agile and effective professionals and participants in a dynamic world, one that will continue changing around them.

The major combines: practical and theoretical study of the interdependence and connectedness of world peoples and systems; the development and analysis of students’ own experience across cultures, regions, or a variety of economic, political, physical or personal “borders,”; the support, practice, vision and skill to live and lead purposefully through rapid transitions, be they historical or environmental, political, socioeconomic, technological, or demographic.

Connected learning, international experience, internships and multi-dimensional course work train and empower majors to encounter the new, to solve problems, to develop action, and to hone the skills necessary to living, leading and adapting in an evolving world. Courses across communications, business, environment, philosophy, language and history equip majors with a solid professional foundation that will let you enter or blend careers in many fields and do so with an advantage.

The major will prepare students for specialized careers or graduate work in numerous fields that require global experience and perspective as well as ingenuity and adaptability.

Media, language and education professionals also see in global studies graduates an edge in analytical flexibility, world experience and leadership (world news correspondent & broadcaster, investigative journalism, photography, translating/interpreting, volunteer coordination, Diversity and Inclusion programming, International Student Support Services, International Houses or Cultural Centers, study abroad programming, or teaching or research on global challenges).

International relations careers include diplomacy, peacekeeping, foreign affairs, program administration, policy making and analysis, public sector reform.

Human rights careers such as disaster/disease relief, non-profit or non-governmental organizations, poverty-reduction strategies, ethics and anti-corruption, community or economic development, and varieties of environmental, humanitarian or refugee law.

Social service employers seek solid global foundations and experience (including workers in aid and economic development, public health and human services, HIV/AIDS work, policy development or program evaluation for local or international aid or entrepreneurship programs).

Elective credits can be utilized to design sequences of study that follow your passion or career interest. During the senior year, students complete a capstone research project and apply coursework to professional experience as they complete an internship in a global context.

Students in the global studies major take part in at least one global or transnational immersion experience. Participation in Shoulder-to-Shoulder courses or semester-length study abroad is encouraged and the former will fulfill the service-learning requiremen