Major in Global Studies (B.A.)

Learn more: Department of Cultural, Environmental and Global Studies

Our global studies program offers capable and motivated students a unique academic program tailored to their creative and career interests.

Overcoming the most significant challenges facing the world today - such as climate change, resource scarcity, violent conflict and discrimination - requires the understanding of multiple perspectives and the integration of knowledge. To gain the skills needed to address these challenges, students in the program draw on the expertise of faculty in a number of carefully selected fields.

Coursework includes an introduction to globalization and the methods used for discovering solutions to contemporary global problems, a four-course concentration that reflects the student’s research interests, foreign language training to achieve intermediate proficiency and a culminating project that proposes solutions to a global problem within a local context.

Our alumni have entered graduate degree programs in urban planning, human rights and global governance, become interpreters, served overseas in the Peace Corps and worked in the U.S. Department of State.

To earn the bachelor’s degree, students take a minimum of 10 courses (30 credits). They also participate in at least one semester of a study abroad or other international experience, selected with guidance from the Office of International Programs and program faculty.

Required courses:

  • CEG222: Research Methods
  • CEG390: Current Issues
  • CEG450: Capstone
  • ECN101: Introductory Macroeconomics
  • ENV334: Environmental Justice
  • GLO100: Introduction to Global Studies
  • POL330: Global Development
  • One of the following: BIO140: Humans and Their Environment, SOA110: The Sociological Imagination or SOA130: Anthropology: Interpreting Cultural Differences
  • Two of the following: ENG205: Contemporary Global Literature, HIS265: Modern Global History or POL240: Comparative Politics

In addition, students form a concentration (four classes, 12 credits) related to one of the five critical concerns of mercy (immigration, the environment, violence, racism and gendered injustice) or some other aspect of socioeconomic inequality. Concentrations should be designed by the end of sophomore year and before the semester of study abroad.