Global and Area Studies

Global and Area Studies focuses on global systems and how they play out in different world regions. Students gain knowledge of particular world regions (including foreign languages) or of global themes that are important across regions, depending on the concentration they choose.

Areas of study include:

  • World conditions and historical trends
  • Geography and geopolitics
  • Global and national interdependenceĀ 
  • Processes of continuity and change in different world regions
  • The varied and changing nature of global realities and the complexities of addressing world problems
  • Diverse ideas, practices, worldviews, and cultural expressions of people from different cultures

Students select a concentration of a specific region of the world or a global topical area in order to deepen their understanding of critical issues that affect the lives of many people in the world and the interrelation between the United States and the rest of the world. The major helps prepare students for jobs in the government, business and non-governmental organizations that are engaged with the world outside the United States and for graduate study in international or area studies and other fields.

The College offers the following degrees in Global and Area Studies:

  • B.A., Global and Area Studies
  • B.S., Global and Area Studies
  • Additional major - Global and Area Studies
  • Second degree - Global and Area Studies

Students select a concentration to gain knowledge of particular world region and a foreign language relevant to that region, or a global theme that is important across world regions. Students develop understanding of the processes of continuity and change in various world regions through multidisciplinary theory and practice, and use of methodologies, theories and literature of various disciplines and fields.

The major also requires a disciplinary cognate that introduces students to the major theories and research methods of one discipline in the social sciences and its perspective and applicability to global and area studies.

Students are strongly encouraged to have at least one international experience through study abroad, internships or independent study.

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