Global Studies

The Global Studies program provides students with a balanced interdisciplinary education, with a focus on global issues. Students who graduate with the Global Studies major will understand the dynamics of the globalization process and ethical concerns in the new global arena relevant to the economy, politics, and culture.


Global Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of the process of globalization. The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies will instill in students the knowledge and skills needed to comprehend and respond to important emerging global issues. With this degree students blend courses from across the curriculum but with a focus on Global issues.

Those graduating from the Global Studies program should be able to:

  1. Explain the processes of globalization from an economic, political, philosophical, and cultural points of view.
  2. Identify ethical and moral consequences of globalization.
  3. Demonstrate a basic cultural competency in at least one other culture.
  4. Demonstrate written, oral and reading proficiency in English.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of another language.

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Career Opportunities

  • Students who graduate with a degree in global studies are especially well suited to succeed in Law School with a specialization on international law. Students are also well prepared for graduate school in political science, international relations or in a social science
  • Global studies majors might also work in governmental agencies at the federal, state or local level or work with NGOs.

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

ECO 2013 (formerly ECO 201) Principles of Macroeconomics
A study of aggregate economic behavior including the role of government, monetary and fiscal policy, national income, economic growth, inflation, and full employment.

HIS 105D World Civilization I
A balanced picture of the history of the world as a complex process in which many branches of the human community have participated in the creation of a rich and diverse tapestry of human experience. This class will cover the major civilizations of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe up to the 15th Century. Emphasis will be placed on the distinctive character of the various cultures emerging from these areas.

HIS 106D World Civilization II
This course covers the 15th Century to the present, including the rise of the West: the growing global interdependence; the rise of internecine conflicts in areas as diverse as Africa, India, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe and the rise in recent years of regional organizations such as The Arab League, Organization of African Unity, and the European Economic Community.

POS 390 Environmental Politics
A study of problems and processes in the public management of the natural environment the public interest, natural resources policy, the planning process, allocation conflicts, and grass-­roots participation. Topics include global warming, overpopulation, GMO food, natural resources, politics of water and oil, and alternative sources of energy among other controversial ones.

POS 459 Global Issues
A study of global politics provides students with a working knowledge of the complexities surrounding contemporary and controversial global policy issues such as threats to the world environment, terrorism, international health issues, overpopulation, drug trafficking, and human trafficking. This course examines the institutions, actors, and processes that comprise critical political problem-­solving at the global level. The goal of this course is to thoroughly acquaint students with the preeminent world-­wide policy problems of the 21st Century, encourage them to analyze these problems from a political perspective and to formulate potential solutions.

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