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Major In Global Studies

Degree Requirement Summary (DRS)

A major in Global Studies offers students the knowledge, perspectives, and analytical skills needed to navigate our increasingly globalized world. Most jobs require an understanding of complex international economic, political, and cultural interactions. Combining an interdisciplinary Global Studies degree with a Business Studies major or minor thus positions students for dynamic careers in the private, public, or nonprofit sectors.

A Global Studies major offers further opportunities for personal and professional growth. Our study abroad programs, managed through the Cronin Office of International Education, offers short-term and semester-abroad opportunities to countries including, most recently, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Peru, and Morocco.

All arts and science majors, including Global Studies, must be proficient in a modern foreign language up to the intermediate level. The Center for Languages and International Collaboration (CLIC) supports this with informal language opportunities, live video and computer conferencing, a multimedia library of instructional materials, and access to international satellite broadcasting to enhance classroom learning.

Global Studies emphasizes the importance of “hands-on” learning programs, such as internationally-focused internships, model United Nations programs, and service-learning opportunities. The department regularly hosts visits from United States Department of State representatives to provide information to students about foreign service careers. The Department of Global Studies also encourages students to apply to the prestigious Fulbright US Student Program, which provides small grants to study, research, or teach abroad.


Major Requirements

  • GLS 101 or 110-119
  • GLS 101 or 110-119
  • GLS 200 or above
  • GLS 200 or above
  • GLS Elective
  • GLS Elective 
  • GLS Elective
  • Economics Elective


Please see the DRS at the top of the page for more detailed curriculum information. 

Think you might like to major in global studies?  The career possibilities are endless and you are encouraged to speak with a faculty mentor in the department.  Consider being a teacher, a global analyst, a business developer or a consultant.  For further career exploration, visit the Career Services site.