Global Studies: Global Economics


A major

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.

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For a Global Studies major, Global Economics 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 Economics Content Track Requirements (Choose three):

  • Economic Development (ECO367)
  • International Trade (ECO471)
  • International Business Law (LGLS451)
  • Politics of Developing Countries (POLS481)
  • Politics of International Economic Relations (POLS483)
  • Population and Society (SOC451)

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: