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Undergraduate Degrees

Global Studies Major

Business needs professionals who understand how to interact with people from other cultures and make decisions based on complex political, geographic, and economic issues. The Global Studies major gives you a strong background in the major issues that impact international business today: geography, politics, culture, language, international relations and economics.

In today's global economy, change is constant and rapid. You must understand a broad range of cultural perspectives and economic issues to achieve personal and professional success. We help you develop an understanding of international cultures and business practices to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive global economy.

As a Global Studies major, you will be surrounded by opportunities to further your knowledge of international locations and seek personal experiences that will enrich your life and contribute to these future success. These include study abroad programs offered through the Cronin Office of International Education to countries including Brazil, Chile China, Germany, Ghana, Japan and Morocco.

In addition, the Center for Languages and International Collaboration (CLIC) offers live video and computer conferencing, a multimedia library of instructional materials, and access to international satellite broadcasting to enhance your classroom learning.

You also can choose to further your classroom knowledge through our hands-on learning programs: corporate partnerships, internships, service-learning and study abroad. By participating in these opportunities, you will gain valuable real-world experience, learn about diverse people and perspectives and gain new skills for living and working in a global community.


You must complete the following courses to fulfill the Global Studies major:

  • GLS 101 Globalization
  • 1 course from GLS 110 - 119
  • 2 GLS courses at the 200 level or above
  • 3 GLS electives
  • 1 Economics elective selected from the following:
    EC 311, EC 315, EC 321, EC 331, EC 333

The Global Studies major also requires that you complete a Business Studies major or minor.
All Arts and Science majors must be proficient in a modern language up to the intermediate level

International Experience

Global Studies majors are required to study abroad for a semester or the equivalent in short term programs, internships, or other experience approved by the department. The global experience requirement allows you to become acquainted with another culture, expand global perspectives and support modern language studies.

Public Policy Major

The realm of public policy encompasses virtually all aspects of contemporary society: economic development, financial markets, health care, education, poverty, crime, the environment, technology, national security and immigration. These complex, and often connected, issues demand rich and sophisticated understanding of governmental institutions, and the motivations of political actors and other stakeholders in a global political environment.

The development of public policy almost always involves nongovernmental (NGO) institutions and actors. Businesses, nonprofit and NGOs, interest groups, academic and legal experts, and the public all play a role in shaping public policy priorities, the public discourse about those priorities, implementation of public policies and the evaluation of policy outcomes.

A variety of applied learning and internship opportunities complement the classroom experience. These opportunities allow students to further their mastery of conceptual and analytical material while expanding their professional network. They include:

  • The Washington Center Program, which allows students to spend a semester working and studying (for course credit) in Washington D.C.
  • Experience working in a state or national public policy consulting agency
  • A variety of opportunities in state and local government, including internships at the Massachusetts State House and work on political campaigns
  • Internships in private businesses’ government affairs offices and with international organizations 


You must complete eight courses to fulfill the Public Policy major. Three of these are required:

  • GLS 101 Globalization
  • GLS 230 Politics and Public Policy
  • GLS 405 Seminar in Government

In addition, you must choose two of the following classes on policy and political institutions:

  • GLS 205 Social Policy
  • GLS 226 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • GLS 243 The Developing World
  • GLS 312 International Organizations
  • GLS 316 International Politics

You may choose your remaining three courses that fit your own interest and are among approved classes in political science and global studies, law, economics, sociology, or other departments in consulatation with the major advisor. 

 A Public Policy major must complete an experiential learning experience, such as a semester internship program in Washington DC or other approved internship

The Public Policy major also requires that you complete a Business Studies major or minor
All  Arts and  Science majors must be proficient in a modern language up to the intermediate level

Liberal Studies Major

Global Perspectives Concentration

The Liberal Studies major concentration in Global Studies provides students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with opportunities to explore diverse people, societies and cultures, and connect them with today’s business standards and practices.