Global Studies: Global Cultural Interaction


A major

Being part of a successful organization today might mean a conference call to your counterpart in Germany or a visit to a facility in China. In many ways, the world has become smaller with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds having regular contact through business, media, and personal interaction.

This contact has brought about an unprecedented melding of cultures and sense of global commonality. In some cases this has led to serious conflicts between countries of different cultures and between different cultures within countries.

Cultural awareness is also important on a personal level as you work and live in the globalized society. You must have an understanding of how people around the world think and act in order to guide your organization toward global harmony instead of cultural division. The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Global Studies  fosters cross-disciplinary perspectives on global economies, political systems, social realms, intellectual tradition, and interactions. The program also requires intermediate language proficiency.

Bryant also offers a concentration in Global Studies.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

In your Global Studies courses, you will develop valuable skills in analytical thinking, decision-making, and communication. Your Global Studies education will equip you to succeed throughout your professional life in fields such as government service, business, education, and journalism. You will also be well prepared to pursue advanced study in several fields including history, international relations, political science, anthropology, and development. The emphasis on strong writing and analytical and critical-thinking skills, combined with a required business  minor, means that you will be poised to enter any number of fields with the knowledge and skills to succeed.

Global Studies faculty

Faculty come from a variety of academic disciplines, research interests, and backgrounds, and provide diverse insights into today's interconnected world. Their research and consulting encompasses a wide range of international issues such as migration, urban planning, trade, human rights, legal issues, and development. Faculty conduct research in places such as China, Japan, Brazil, Central America, Africa and Europe, and bring international perspectives to the classroom and their work. Their influence extends globally as they speak at international conferences and events and publish research in leading journals in various countries and languages.

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For a Global Studies major; Global Cultural Interaction track:

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)


Upper-Level Gateway Requirement


Global Studies Major Requirements

Introduction to Global Politics (POLS/GLOB241) or Honors: Politics of the Global System (POLS/GLOB290)

Introduction to Global Anthropology (GLOB/LCS242) or Honors: The Anthropology of Globalization (GLOB/LCS243)

World History Since 1500 (HIS/GLOB271)

Seminar in Global Studies (GLOB490)

Intermediate Language Proficiency

Three (3) Global Knowledge Electives (A maximum of 3 credits from 200-level courses, and a maximum of 6 credits from 300- or 400-level language courses)

Global Cultural Interaction Content Track Requirements (Choose three)

  • Language, Culture, and Communication (COM365)
  • Mass Communications in Global Village (COM478)
  • Studies in International Literature (LCS361)
  • Popular Music and Culture (LCS359)
  • Comparative Religions (LCS384)
  • Trends in Modern Thought (HIS354)
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology (PSY465)
  • Urban Sociology (SOC455)

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

Statistics I (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

*Liberal Arts Distributions – Modes of Thought

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include one Lab Science)

(One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level)

Business Minor Requirement

Selection is made from a variety of business minors (Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Sales). Some minors require more than four courses.

Electives  - Subject to programmatic constraints, students may elect to take additional business courses beyond the required business minor, not to exceed a combined total of 30 credit hours in the College of Business.

*Humanities Survey and Modes of Thought requirements can be met by appropriate courses in the major.

A minimum of 122 credit hours are required for graduation.

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To learn more, please contact:
John Dietrich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Global Studies
Department of History and Social Sciences

Other tracks available to Global Studies majors include:


Emily Panasowich ‘08
Director of Asian operations, Destination Imagination

Panasowich first came to Bryant having never traveled outside of the United States but dreaming of living abroad. Today, she lives in Singapore, where she is director of Asian Operations for Destination Imagination, an educational nonprofit, working with people from about 30 countries. “Bryant really gave me the confidence to work with people in a variety of countries, and the awareness of basic cultural differences,” she says. At Bryant, Panasowich took part in an International Business Seminar to Europe and the Sophomore International Experience to China. A marketing concentrator, she minored in French and went on to develop a basic knowledge of Korean. To date, she has traveled to 15 countries.