Global Studies Overview

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The Global Studies major is interdisciplinary in scope and is designed to:

  • give students a working knowledge of world systems (cultural, political, economic, and historical)
  • produce competency in a second language sufficient for use in study, dialogue, diplomacy, and travel
  • provide the opportunity for international experience or in-depth local work on international issues
  • prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in the 21st century in the Jesuit tradition of men and women for others

Proficiency in a Second Language
Students are required to take four semesters of college-level work in the same foreign language (or equivalent work approved by the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages).

International/Intercultural Experience 
Students are required to engage in experiential learning in an intercultural or global context. This may include study abroad, spring break service trips, biology field trips, or an intensive local service-learning project. Students must also enroll in GS3850 concurrently with or in the semester immediately following the experience in order to reflect upon the experience and integrate it with other elements of their program. Details of this requirement will be fulfilled in consultation with and approval of the program director.

A complete list of reqiurements to earn a degree in Global Studies can be found in the University catalog.