Global Studies

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The Global Studies program offers a minor with training in the critical, international, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary study of the emergent global society. Global Studies students are trained to develop an acute critical knowledge and a holistic reflective understanding of the various socio-ecological complexities, power relations, and historical dimensions of this emerging global society. Global Studies is a forward-looking field that endows students with the competencies required to fruitfully participate, engage with, and become leaders in the emerging global society.

While Global Studies is concerned with the forces of what is popularly known as “globalization”, Global Studies is more than just the study of contemporary globalization. Global Studies students go much deeper and beyond contemporary globalizing trends to engage critically with the broad contours, deep structures, power relations, interdependencies, complexities, and crucial turning points of the global system in its long historical transformations as well as its projections towards the future. Global Studies prepares students to engage the profound and multidimensional complexity of an increasingly integrated planetary society.

Furthermore, Global Studies students learn the knowledges and skills that are urgently necessary to collaborate across boundaries of nations, cultures, social identities and disciplines in order to confront and overcome evermore complex global social and environmental problems, conflicts, and inequities. Global Studies enables students to bring together the knowledges of different disciplines, cultures, and nations to address and overcome challenges that cannot be solved by any one discipline, culture or nation on its own. In short, Global Studies enables students to collaborate across nations, cultures, social categories, and disciplines by teaching how to draw on the vast wealth and diversity of knowledges and approaches from across the world to confront and overcome global challenges.

Students in Global Studies learn to become critical, globally aware, and ethically committed practitioners that can engage beyond boundaries to explore diverse cultural and knowledge horizons, and to foster international and cross-cultural dialogue on the basis of trans-disciplinary competencies. Ultimately, Global Studies is an innovative program that educates students for excellence in the timely and complex art and science of developing viable solutions and alternatives to complex global challenges with a view to shaping a sustainable, just, equitable, democratic, prosperous, and harmonious world.

Key Benefits

  • Develop a complex understanding of the intellectual and ethical responsibilities of active and global citizenship
  • Analyze the complexity and interrelationship of local, international, and global issues, processes, trends, and policies
  • Develop interdisciplinary research skills to evaluate a global problem, or a set of global problems, theoretically and critically.
  • Propose policies, discursive strategies, social actions and other practices to address global problems and support their proposals with research evidence.

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What You'll Learn

  • Addressing global issues and challenges, proposing problem-based solutions/alternatives
  • Engaging reflectively, critically, and constructively in relations between cultures, social groups, nations, regions, and civilizations.
  • Engaging in specific intellectual and practical activities that foster socio-environmental harmony and sustainability.
  • Challenging power relations, inequities and injustices by critically employing interdisciplinary and transformative skills to foster relationships and forms of community that cherish diversity, social justice, and solidarity.
  • Navigating and taking advantage of the collaborative convergence of the wide diversity of knowledge, experiences, and worldviews that populate the ‘global ecology of knowledge’.

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Tuition and Aid

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Average Cost After Financial Aid

$14,042 ($7,021 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2018–2019)

  • Tuition: $34,000
  • Room: $5,526
  • Board: $3,164

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)


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