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Global Studies: Global Politics

In the last century, many unprecedented issues have surfaced because of increased globalization. Changes in communications technology, the integration of economies, increased threats of nuclear attack and international terrorists, environmental challenges, and a focus on international humanitarian obligations are all part of the global equation.

Today, countries interact with each other daily through direct contact and through membership in international institutions such as the United Nations. They have the capability to cooperate as never before, but in many cases also possess military and economic weapons that can cause catastrophic damage to their enemies.

You may be fascinated by how countries’ interactions shape the world's politics, economics, culture, and environment, and effect  domestic politics and the daily lives of citizens. 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 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.