Global Studies: Global Cultural Interaction
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.
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.
A GLOBAL CITIZEN
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.