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Global Studies: Global Economics

Throughout most of the world’s history, international trade was limited, and economies relied primarily on agriculture. In the last 30 years, the world economy has seen major change. When you consider that cities and civilization first appeared more than 5,000 years ago, you have to be amazed by the progress made since the 1980s.

Today, trillions of dollars move around the world in the blink of an eye in the areas of trade, investment, and banking. Understanding how economic factors shape the world and individual countries is crucial, but it is also important to see how the actions of governments, consumers, and others shape an economy that is increasingly interdependent.

You must have an understanding of other countries, cultures, and global interactions for success in the  world. The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Global Studies fosters cross-disciplinary perspectives on global economies, political systems, social realms, intellectual traditions, and interactions. In addition, the program requires intermediate language proficiency.

Bryant also offers a concentration in Global Studies.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

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 prepared 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.