Global Studies

The Global Studies program will provide you with the skill that is—and will continue to be—crucial to achievement in any field: the ability to communicate across cultural, racial, economic and gender difference.  You will also gain proficiency in a world language other than English and graduate with strong public speaking and writing skills.  As such, Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows you to foster greater understanding of the challenges that we face as citizens of a complex, globalized, and interconnected world.

Mission Statement

Global Studies is a cross-disciplinary program that seeks to foster understanding of the challenges that we face as citizens of an interconnected world.  Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and perspectives necessary to develop cultural literacy and to comprehend complex global events and processes of globalization, as well as an ability to respond to them effectively.

Why Study Global Studies?

  • Become a culturally-aware and globally-engaged world citizen.
  •  Engage in interdisciplinary learning across such disciplines as Sociology, Political Science, History, and Foreign Languages.
  • Achieve depth of knowledge within a chosen area of specialization (Cultural Studies, The Hispanic World, or The Francophone World).
  • Engage in study abroad opportunities across the globe.
  • Engage in immersion experience opportunities in the United States.
  • Develop intercultural competencies essential for thriving within a multicultural workforce.
  • Demonstrate to future employers or graduate schools that you are prepared for today’s global community.      

 Job Prospects

Understanding processes of national and global change is both empowering and humbling, and having the skills to navigate these changes is crucial to work-life success in the 21st century.  Therefore, Global Studies majors are particularly poised to enter the workforce in a vast array of fields, including:

  • Foreign Affairs Analysis
  • Foreign Service and Diplomacy
  • Global Education
  • Global Sales
  • Government Service with an International Focus
  • Homeland Security
  • Human Resources
  • Human Services Provision
  • Humanitarian Relief
  • Immigration
  • International Banking
  • International Business
  • International Communications
  • International Development
  • International Education
  • International Human Rights
  • International Intelligence Analysis
  • International Law
  • International Student Support Services
  • Interpreting and Translating
  • Public Administration
  • Study Abroad Programming
  • Travel and Tourism

Department Contact

Amanda McMenamin, Ph.D.
Department Chair
717-264-4141  ext. 3233