Global Studies

What is Global Studies?

 The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies major seeks to provide student with a way of thinking that is consistent with the world of the 21st century. Global Studies majors are encouraged to become global thinkers—they learn how to relate their knowledge of a particular part of the world to the larger trends and issues that affect the whole globe. Examples of contemporary global trends include: the transnational interactions of peoples, cultures, economies, and polities; the globalizing processes of the communications media; technological and environmental changes; and the sometimes violent political, ethnic and religious responses to the cultural and economic homogenization engendered by these global changes.

The Global Studies major provides a well-rounded liberal arts degree that will help prepare students for a variety of careers in the international arena. It will also help prepare students for further graduate study in international affairs, international business, peace and world order studies, area studies, and the emergent global civil society. 

Global and International Studies was established as an interdisciplinary major in 1998. The program offers an examination of international studies with contemporary globalizing trends as a central organizing theme, and is distinctive in its emphasis on the transnational processes and interactions that are bringing the world together across traditional national boundaries. It provides training in the analysis of global trends. Global Studies majors learn how to relate their knowledge of a particular part of the world to the larger trends and issues that affect the whole globe.

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