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Global Studies

Students in the global studies program are trained to identify the challenges and opportunities of globalization and generate long term strategies for sustainable futures.

Flags of the countries of Randolph international students fly in front of Main Hall.

Why Major in Global Studies at Randolph?

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.

Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global Studies

Minor in Global Studies

Curriculum and Courses

Related Programs

Chinese Studies

Comparative Philosophy

Economics

Media & Culture Studies

Political Science

Spanish

The Randolph Experience

Focus and Specialization

Global Studies majors, in close consultation with their faculty advisor, identify a focus area for their program that covers a global issue of interest.

Possible focus areas include but are not limited to human rights, environmental sustainability, gender, conflict/war and its resolution, security, and diplomacy.

Study Abroad

Opportunities for study elsewhere, such as in the Washington Semester Programs at the American University in Washington, D.C., as well as study-abroad programs, are available.

Intercultural Competence

All Randolph students learn global citizenship with the capability to accurately understand and adapt to cultural differences and find commonality. Global Studies majors must gain proficiency in a modern language other than English.

Model UN Team

In recent years, our student delegations to the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City have consistently been honored among the best.

Participation is selective and chosen delegates take a full credit class to prepare.  

Delegates learn the structure, systems, and history of the UN with an emphasis on writing, research, speaking, and collaboration.

 

 

Small Classes

Randolph professors offer unique, engaging courses on topics like peace and conflict resolution, children’s rights, the United Nations, and global health.

The Honor Code

Randolph students live by our Honor Code and act with the highest integrity in both academic and social life.

Internships

Randolph students put classroom learning into practice by participating in internships.

With help from the Career Development Center, global studies majors have experienced government at work during internships in the congressional offices, federal and state offices, political campaigns, advocacy groups, social service agencies, and more. 

Recent internships include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Moms Demand Action, CASA, U.S. State Department, SAWAU.S. House of Representatives, and more.

Research

Randolph College students conduct advanced research projects in their majors with help from the Center for Student Research. They present their findings at the annual Symposium of Artist and Scholars.

Unique Experiences

Outcomes

Historic Preservation Law

Janie Campbell ’12, history major
Preservation Consultant, law firm of Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC, Columbia, South Carolina

Janie’s group works with developers seeking tax credits for rehabilitating historic properties.

“I work closely with project architects to ensure that historic, character defining elements of each building are preserved and restored, which can vary tremendously as what is significant to a 1929 airplane hangar is vastly different from what makes a 1963 mid-century modern motel unique!”

She writes National Register of Historic Places nominations and Historic Preservation Certification applications, which detail the property’s significance.  She also conducts site visits to ensure work is being completed as described and photographs the before, during, and after conditions of each project.

“Randolph certainly laid the foundation for my research and writing skills. The Summer Research Program, in particular, prepared me for the type of place-based research I do now. “

Opportunities

Top Ranked Professors

Randolph College’s faculty are consistently recognized as among the best in the nation. The Princeton Review ranked the College in the Top 20 for most accessible professors in the 2021 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 387 Colleges.

Randolph has been ranked in the top 20 for most accessible professors for four consecutive years.

Global Studies Faculty

Vincent Vecera

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Mari Ishibashi

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Aaron Shreve

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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TAKE 2

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The Randolph Plan

Randolph students work with faculty mentors to explore a broad range of disciplines as they chart their academic path.

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Money for Your Research

The Randolph Innovative Student Experience (RISE) program provides every student a $2,000 grant to fund research, creative work, experiential learning or other scholarly pursuits.

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Department News

Randolph students represent Bahrain at virtual Model UN conference

A delegation of Randolph College students participated in the virtual 2021 National Model United Nations Conference last month, discussing global issues and proposing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. 

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Scholar on Chinese politics to discuss ‘Human Rights in China’

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A delegation of Randolph College students participated in the virtual 2021 National Model United Nations Conference last month, discussing global issues and proposing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. 

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Scholar on Chinese politics to discuss ‘Human Rights in China’

Perry Link, a world-renowned scholar on modern Chinese literature, politics and intellectual life, will give a special lecture entitled “Human Rights […]

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Ranita Opoku-Sarfo ’21 helps provide solutions to poverty through internship in Uganda

Ranita Opoku-Sarfo ’21 aspires to one day have a career in which she can help solve global problems. This summer, […]

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Vincent Vecera

Associate Professor of Political Science

Credentials:B.A., Reed College
M.A., University of Minnesota
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Associated Departments:Political Science, Global Studies
Office:Psychology 204
Phone:4349478545
Email:vvecera@randolphcollege.edu

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I study political theory and the making of public policy in the United States. My primary research interest is the politics of rights.

My current research is focused on the dynamics of rights in American democracy, with particular attention to issues related to labor and property, voting, abortion, sexuality and the family, crime and safety, guns, and immigration. My work is primarily concerned with how Americans think and talk about constitutional rights and how rights function in the policy process.

Beyond the United States, I’m interested in the place of rights in the global discursive history of political economy, particularly the emergence of rights and norms defining, regulating, and constructing property relationships and markets.

I teach a variety of courses in political theory, American politics, and public policy in the departments of political science and philosophy, as well as handling pre-law advising and the American politics and political theory minors.

My wife, Molly Boggs, is a scholar of Victorian literature. We live a block and a half from the college with our two children, Abraham and Daria, and our cat, Sweet Dee.

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Mari Ishibashi

Associate Professor of Political Science

Credentials:B.A., Sophia University (Japan)
M.A., University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Associated Departments:Political Science, Global Studies, Asian Studies
Office:Psychology 202
Phone:4349478499
Email:mishibashi@randolphcollege.edu

Originally from Japan, I first came to the United States as an exchange student and became a strong advocate of exchange programs. After completing my B.A. at Sophia University (Jouchi Daigaku) in Tokyo, I jumped into the field of policy research, working with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) members of the Japanese parliament. My desire to learn about domestic and global politics from a very different spectrum brought me to the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and later I earned my Ph.D. in political science at the University of Notre Dame.

What I hope for my students is to discover a life-long joy of developing a greater appreciation of and celebration for the differences and commonality of humankind. I would like them to understand the world by making connections among different pieces of knowledge they acquire in various disciplines. I would like my students to open their minds and hearts to different predicaments of other peoples and critically reflect on important issues which affect not only them but also others in the world.

My research interest has been on minority politics, especially the Korean minority in Japan. Most recently, I have been examining different factors behind decisions made by the local governments in Japan to allow foreign residents participation in referendums. My courses include Introduction to East Asian Politics, Gender Politics in Asia, Ethnic and Political Conflict in Asia, Introduction to World Politics, Peace and Conflict Resolution and Political Research.

When I am not on campus, I spend a lot of time with my husband, Carl and our sons, Elliott and Linus.

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Aaron Shreve

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Credentials:
Associated Departments:Political Science, Global Studies
Office:Psychology 203
Phone:4349478543
Email:ashreve@randolphcollege.edu

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I was born and raised in North Dakota, and I earned my B.A. in political science from Minnesota State University Moorhead. I went on to earn a master’s degree in security and intelligence studies at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

After a couple of years on the East Coast, I moved to northern California, where I earned my Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis. At UC-Davis, my subfields in political science were international relations and political methodology (applied statistics).

My dissertation examined how status and prestige motivations influence the foreign policy behavior of states.

My current research examines the relationship between status and prestige and

  1. foreign aid and peacekeeping,
  2. arms and military build-ups, and
  3. conflict.

My main goals are to provide students with

  1. the ability to critically analyze and evaluate issues and ideas and
  2. to synthesize and communicate their analyses.

This involves looking for empirical patterns to support or contradict theories, critically analyzing current events, and presenting arguments and supporting evidence in a clear, concise, and convincing manner. As a result, I emphasize the link—often the lack thereof—between academic debates and theories with policymaking.

The purpose of emphasizing the academic-policymaking link is to provide students a toolbox in order for them to be an active citizen in a global community. Students can also expect a heavy reliance on data in my courses.

I enjoying spending time with my partner, Alexis, my cats, Lewis and Clark, and my niece, Norah. I also like to read (ranging from spy novels, the American West, wine, military history, and nuclear weapons), traveling, cooking (mostly Mexican cuisine), running and hiking. I still enjoy basketball, so let me know if there is a pick-up game!

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