Global Studies

When you want to change the world, you must first understand it...

Many of us want to make a difference in the world but often do not know where to start.  This degree is a great place to begin and is designed to prepare you for our multicultural world.  Conceived as an interdisciplinary program, the BA in Global Studies is designed to help you understand the complexity of global politics and economics, cultural diversity, environmental problems, as well as issues of concern for the world community.

Our world is one of interdependence and rapid change and we believe this degree provides opportunities for academic achievement and personal growth. Knowledge of the world enriches the mind and we hope that our students will develop an increased awareness of the interconnections of peoples and cultures, be sensitive to the values, traditions, and concerns of people all over the world as well as understand that many modern economic, political, and environmental problems demand global solutions.

The BA in Global Studies will provide you with the intellectual foundation to become informed and productive citizens in the global community of the 21st century, able to communicate and work across national, cultural, and socioeconomic boundaries.

There are many careers open to those who graduate with this degree and the demand is growing. Since this is a interdisciplinary program, you will be exposed to many different courses in hopes that, when you graduate, you will be able to think critically about world issues. This degree builds an excellent foundation for careers requiring an understanding of international economic, political, social, and cultural affairs. The degree also provides skills such as research, communication, analysis, as well as problem solving and promotes the development of critical thinking, self-reflection, and cross-cultural understanding. Employers value theses skills that graduates will continue using long after completing their degree, making them high level critical thinkers as well as well rounded professionals.

Employment opportunities can be found in a variety of areas such as business, government agencies, international organizations, humanitarian agencies, non profit organizations, the tourism industry, policy and research think tanks, media and public relations. In addition, this degree provides a solid foundation for the study of law and advanced graduate programs in a number of social science disciplines, business, international relations, and journalism.

Coursework in the Global Studies major consists of a required core of 11 classes and 11 restricted Global Studies electives.

The required core includes: GOV 105 Introduction to Global Studies, HIS 103 Contemporary World History, SOC 290 Social and Cultural Diversity, ECON 302 Business Economics in the Global Economy, GOV 202 International Politics and Organizations, ART 214 Art of Non Western Cultures or FA 201 Fine Arts and the Modern World, ENG 201 Masterpieces of World Literature or ENG 310 Topics in World Literature, HIS 299  World Religions, as well as 2 upper level History courses.  The final course is GOV 445, the capstone course for the degree.

Depending on your interest, restricted Global Studies electives can be selected from the following disciplines: Art, Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Government, History, Management, Marketing, Natural Sciences, Religious Studies, and Sociology.  Although not required, study of a foreign language and international experience are strongly recommended and can be discussed with your adviser.

The BA in Global Studies is a 120 hour degree, designed to be completed in 4 years.

Professional Program: Pre-Law

If you are interested in entering law school in the future, there is no best pre-law major and it is actually recommended that your undergraduate course of study avoid narrow specialization in a specific field.  Indeed, your studies should help you gain competence in written and oral expression, acquire a knowledge of history, as well as an understanding of social, political, and economic problems of society. Several of our degrees will help you reach these goals.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies provides an interdisciplinary curriculum with required and restricted elective courses in Art, Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Literature, Government, History, Management, Marketing, Natural Sciences, Religious Studies, and Sociology.  In addition, unrestricted electives can be selected from areas beneficial to someone interested in law school after graduation.

Our Bachelor of Science in History provides a solid foundation in the content and, just as important, enable students to acquire strong research, writing, and communication skills required of any lawyer. As part of the History curriculum and unrestricted electives, students can elect to take courses in Government, Sociology, Psychology, and Criminal Justice.  All these disciplines are relevant to any future law studies, 

Whether you choose Global Studies or History, your adviser will help you select courses most adapted to your future studies.

Admission to law school is competitive and the mere completion of an undergraduate degree does guarantee admission to a law school. Other factors, such as the results of the LSAT (Law Scholastic Aptitude Test) or other similar required tests play an important part. However, completion of a pre-law curriculum such as a BA in Global Studies or a BS in History with an appropriate blend of relevant courses and a high grade point average will certainly put you on the right track.