What is Global Studies?
Global Studies is a degree program that teaches students how to solve problems by thinking globally. We are now living in a global community and we need people who know what’s going on in the world. Global Studies graduates know how to meet this need. They study cultures, economics, politics, history, technologies, and communications in order to analyze what is happening within and between the nations of the world.
Is Global Studies a Good Major / Degree for Me?
Do you “think globally,” or would you like to? Are you interested in current events? Are you interested in other cultures? Could you see yourself studying in, working in, and/or living in a developing nation? Do you know a foreign language, or are you committed to learning one? Are you motivated to make the world a better place? Do you like to travel? Do you have a sense of adventure? If you’ve answered yes to some of these questions, then a degree in Global Studies might just be for you!
High School Classes Needed for a Global Studies Degree in College:
- 4 English Credits
- 4 Math Credits
- 3 Science Credits
- 3 Social Studies Credits
- At least 2 Foreign Language Credits
- If your high school offers any of the following courses, take advantage!
- AP World History
- AP Comparative Government and Politics
- Computer Classes
- If your high school offers any of the following co-curricular activities, take advantage!
- Civil Rights Team
- Foreign Language Club
- Debate Team
Common Global Studies Courses in College:
- The Global Economy
- History of Africa
- History of American Foreign Relations
- Intercultural Communication
- Introduction to Islam
- Middle East Politics
- Military History
- Peace and Conflict
- World Religions
Many schools will require several semesters of a foreign language.
Many schools will require study abroad, often in developing nations.
Similar Degree Programs You Might Want to Explore:
- African-American Studies: the study of the history and culture of North Americans of African descent
- Anthropology: the study of humankind, societies, and cultures
- Economics: the study of the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services
- Geography: the study of the earth, its features, and the distribution of populations
- International Relations: a branch of political science that focuses on foreign affairs
- Journalism: a course of study that prepares students to communicate the news
- Peace Studies: the study of war, conflict, peace, and nonviolent conflict resolution
- Political Science: the study of government and politics
- Public Administration: a course of study that prepares people to manage institutions and organizations
- Sociology: the study of societies and human social behavior
- Women’s Studies: the study of the history, culture, and politics of women and feminism
Global Studies Careers:
Students who earn a Global Studies degree have many options: Some go to work for the government. Some embark on international business careers. Some join the Peace Corps. Some become teachers. Some become journalists.