Global Studies is about examining the world as a single system. From that vantage point, the simultaneous and overlapping forces that drive global affairs can be observed and studied. In addition to the ways governments behave, issues such as migration flows, world trade, the spread of disease, and the networking of people come into sharper focus. Students in the Global Studies program are trained to identify the challenges and opportunities of globalization and generate long term strategies for sustainable futures.
In addition to taking core courses in political science, economics, and foreign languages, Global Studies students choose a special focus area within the major.
There is wide latitude in course selection, and the student is guided by careful and consistent advising. Study abroad is often part of the student’s program. The senior project is designed to integrate Global Studies coursework with the student’s post-graduation plans.
Global Studies majors are prepared for work in key areas of global affairs, including humanitarian intervention, human rights advocacy, and international policy and development. They have worked in a variety of fields, including teaching, policymaking, and development, and have pursued advanced degrees at graduate and law schools.