Global Studies


Global Cultures: Literature, Film, and the Arts

This concentration educates future leaders of the new global society—a role that requires the highest level of intercultural and multilingual competence. This curriculum illuminates the critical role cultural production plays in the international landscape and equips students with the skills necessary to negotiate and shape that landscape. Global Studies majors with the Global Cultures concentration are adaptable to unfamiliar environments and new situations and are able to able to assess cultural differences in professional settings and communicate well with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Courses are selected from a diverse set of areas including Anthropology, Religious Studies, Geography, English Literature, Classics, Linguistics, East Asian Studies, Africana Studies, Spanish, French, Italian, Theater, Music, and Art History.


Global Health and Development

In our increasingly global world, health and development are inseparable, and poor health is the greatest challenge to achievement of developmental goals. Health risks know no borders: deterioration of health in the poorest regions has worldwide effects from pandemic diseases and air pollution to damaged international relations and reduced economic trade. Emerging global health problems will require a new generation of innovative thinkers who can identify trends and critically assess intervention options. Adapted to real-world contingencies, this concentration within the Global Studies major will prepare students to think in a multidisciplinary and critical manner. Social Science courses including anthropology, geography, public health and regional studies will provide students with an understanding of global health priorities as well as the history of health-related trends, priorities, and intervention measures.


Global Political Economy and Institutions

This concentration examines the global mechanisms of order and disorder, of cooperation and conflict within the human community. It also explores the major types of formal organizations including nation-states, international or transnational organizations, and non-government organizations (NGOs). Students within the Global Institutions concentration will gain knowledge of diverse global institutions and their political, economic, social, and cultural impacts on the world. They will also develop “global competency” by obtaining the necessary skills for engaging in problem solving across boundaries.

Global Societies: Human Rights, Migrations, and Social Movements

This concentration examines global movements and struggles. Students will learn about human rights as a lived reality, as an ethics of state power, and as a tool for social activism and political emancipation. A range of theoretical approaches will enable exploration of the dynamics of race, class, gender, sexuality, language, and power as expressed in collective mobilizations within and across borders. Required courses span disciplines including anthropology, sociology, history, and geography. This concentration also explores how places, experiences, and cultural perceptions are shaped by institutions, practices, and discourses.

Global Studies