Global Studies

About the GLS Degree

The world is waiting for you.

Prepare for a career focused on international service. The Global Studies major is designed to help students think critically about global issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. 

The major is structured around intellectual and experiential frameworks that empower students to analyze, adapt, communicate, problem-solve, and empathize in a variety of professional and personal networks. The unique structure of the major, one that emphasizes interdisciplinary study also promotes self-reliance, leadership and team skills. It is precisely these skills and attitudes that will allow our graduates to lead in their respective workplaces and communities - settings increasingly infused with global forces.

Virtually every professional educational forum (e.g., American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, etc.) strongly endorses the idea of globalizing the educational experience of our students. Indeed, like many institutions across the country, the UA has aggressively pursued internationalization/globalization agendas over the past two decades. This institutional innovation has been in direct response to a variety of metrics showing that corporate, government and non-governmental institutions have urged that the U.S. workforce be better able to manage the realities of a globalized world.

A major assumption of our program is that many of the most effective and lasting educational, research, and outreach opportunities take place outside the classroom. Therefore our major is constructed to reward and encourage a variety of co-curricular and alternative educational activities to extend and complement the traditional classroom.

In short, we want our students equipped to explore:

  • Intercultural understanding and communication: acquiring the skills and knowledge to engage in cross-cultural collaboration (whether at the personal, community, or state level)
  • Global contextualization of the professions: the global/international settings in the exercise of the professions citizenship and leadership in the global context (ethics and values involved in global challenges such as sustainability, race, gender, etc.)

And last, our goals are to have graduates that can:

  • Collaborate. Graduates will be empowered with skills, knowledge, and experience to collaborate with individuals and organizations across cultural backgrounds.
  • Lead. Graduates will be empowered with confidence and capacity to collaborate and lead across cultural boundaries.
  • Adapt. Graduates will be empowered with the capacity to transcend constraints of time and place, and to feel comfortable in diverse teams and work settings.


Global Studies is the right major for you if you want to...

  • increase your understanding of our interconnected world.
  • examine global phenomena through the lenses of multiple disciplines.
  • identify and assess global trends.
  • pursue a career focused on international service.


Global Studies students choose from the following concentrations:

Global Cultures: Literature, Film, and the Arts  Learn more »

Global Health and Development  Learn more »

Global Political Economy and Institutions  Learn more »

Global Societies: Human Rights, Migration, and Social Movements  Learn more »

Global Studies